Manufacturing News

IoT and Analytics
March 8, 2018

Use of Blockchain in the Manufacturing Industry

Recently we talked about blockchain in the oil & gas industry, and the next logical question is… What about blockchain in the manufacturing industry? Blockchain is a transparent distributed ledger…

Business Transformation
January 24, 2017

Value Stream Mapping: Do your materials move by magic?

Does your lean manufacturing value stream map include movement of materials between processes? Value stream mapping is one of the most common and powerful tools used in lean manufacturing ….

December 9, 2016

Getting to the Aha Moment Faster

The Way Things Work Around Here Most manufacturing employees are comfortable in their routines. They are used to what they do and have become as productive as they can with…

September 28, 2016

Lean Production Scheduling in Dynamics AX

]Let’s look in some detail at production scheduling for lean manufacturing in Dynamics AX.  If you haven’t read my blog series on production scheduling supporting lean principles, I encourage you…

July 12, 2016

Production Scheduling – 7 Lean Principles

The other day I came across an early version of the Lean Enterprise Institute’s “Learning to See” workshop from 1999. The workshop listed seven guidelines for the design of a…

July 6, 2016


Why is it that every time I am out with customers I end up with something new to blog about? Probably because I am insanely curious about each customer as…

February 19, 2016

Kanban Cards or MRP?

OK so the title of this article was incendiary and just a ploy to get you here. Sorry.Instead of another vitriolic diatribe on the glories of kanban over MRP I…

July 13, 2015

6 Features Manufacturers on Dynamics AX Should Explore

You may not be a retailer, but you don’t have to be. You can still take advantage of these retail functions to improve your manufacturing operations. The Microsoft Dynamics AX…

July 6, 2015

Lean Physician Heal Thyself

I was struck by an excellent blog post on The Lean Post by Richard Sheridan, founder of Menlo Innovations, a software company using lean principles for software development. Richard makes…