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    Will The Shrinking Workforce Get You? (Part 2)

    Posted by Rob Gladstone

    Dec 8, 2016 10:12:00 AM

    In Will The Shrinking Workforce Get You? (Part 1) we established that the concept of a shrinking force is real.

    Just to be clear, the shrinking workforce has several factors, (including retiring baby boomers, people giving up on finding jobs, etc.), but we identified three factors that we, as manufacturers may be able affect.

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    Topics: Manufacturing

    Will The Shrinking Workforce Get You? (Part 1)

    Posted by Rob Gladstone

    Dec 7, 2016 1:42:00 PM

    About five years ago, I visited one of our machining suppliers. During our tour, he told me that he could grow quickly if he could only find machinists. But, since he couldn’t find any, he was just raising prices and people were paying them.

    Last year, the Automotive Industry Action Group worked with Deloitte Consulting LLP to compile survey data in a report they called Quality 2020. In that report, the survey respondents identified the most critical issues impacting quality. In their top five was “Loss of Experience.” The report states:

    Over three-quarters of respondents rate their organizations, at best, moderately capable of preserving and transferring knowledge. However, over one-third of OEM respondents report somewhat or no capability.”

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    Topics: Manufacturing

    No Rejects = Happy Customers

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Dec 2, 2016 9:14:00 AM

    Time to examine your relationship with your customers.

    How Do Your Customers Judge You?

    1. By your ease to work with? 
      Perhaps you offer stocking agreements to shorten lead-times, attractive payment terms, etc.
    2. By your responsiveness?
      Maybe you offer scheduling flexibility, moving other orders to get theirs in on short notice, or you react quickly to issues they encounter.
    3. By your on-time shipment performance?
    4.  By your quality?
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    Topics: Manufacturing

    Stabilizing Compound Temperature: The Secret to Liner Placement Consistency

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Oct 25, 2016 9:31:00 AM

    In our post, Temperature Variations Cause Inconsistent Liner Placement, we “proved” that compound temperature and placement are related – by using the transitive property from our old high-school algebra days.

    Sounds “geeky," right?

    Perhaps, but it proved to be a fun way to look at a couple of otherwise mundane subjects. Through that process we came to the conclusion that:

    “…if we can control the temperature of the compound as it exits the nozzle, it will be at a predictable viscosity and we can go a long way toward controlling the liner process.”

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    Topics: Manufacturing

    Controlling Temperature to Reduce HFI's

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Oct 24, 2016 1:22:00 PM

    In our recent blog post, Five Reasons SPC is Nearly Impossible for Liner Operation, we determined that:

    “For all of its importance, liner weight is an extremely difficult metric to manage – and it turns out that SPC is no help whatsoever!”

    And as we unraveled all the reasons why, we determined:

    “QC Holds are inevitable.”

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    Topics: Manufacturing

    Why Your Liner Quality Changes from Shift-to-Shift or Season-to-Season

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Oct 19, 2016 9:08:00 AM

    It’s the first sunny day of the week and you’re sitting in your office thinking about heading out a little early to enjoy it when your line supervisor steps into your doorway to deliver the news you were hoping wouldn’t come…

    “The Liner’s Down…Again”

    “QC put the lot on hold – two skids that may need to be sorted before they can ship, and if those ends aren’t there in the morning, there will be hell-to-pay!”

    So much for leaving early…

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    Topics: Manufacturing

    Temperature Variations Cause Inconsistent Liner Placement

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Oct 17, 2016 10:02:00 AM

    In this segment of our continuing examination of the can end liner process, we are going to get into some basic process mathematics. But before you run screaming from your computer (or reach for your mouse), let me just say that it’s pretty basic and pretty straightforward – and I think you’ll find it interesting, too!

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    Topics: Manufacturing

    Improving Weight Control on Older Liners

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Jul 22, 2016 1:04:39 PM

    In our post, Getting World Class Performance Out Of Old Liner Equipment, we noted:

    “In many industries, rather than replace the whole machine, it is commonplace to retrofit it with new technologies to bring its performance up to contemporary standards.”

    And then went on to state:

    “The key to a successful upgrade project is to closely examine your process to identify those parameters that are directly related to the defects you’re experiencing, then to focus your efforts specifically in those areas.”

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    Topics: Manufacturing

    Getting World Class Performance Out of Old Liner Equipment

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Jul 12, 2016 2:01:55 PM

    It may be hard to believe, but many of the industrial processes in use today were originally developed during the first half of the 20th century – yes, before 1950!

    The can making process is no exception.

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    Topics: Manufacturing

    How Stabilizing Compound Temperature Improves Liner Weight Consistency

    Posted by Mike Bonner

    Jun 29, 2016 9:00:00 AM

    In our prior post in this series, "The Impact of Temperature and Pressure on Liner Weight Consistency," we demonstrated that, for a fixed orifice system:

    “…the parameters critical to controlling the liner process are temperature and pressure.”

    In this segment we will examine the relationship between temperature and pressure to determine their hierarchy in the control process.

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    Topics: Manufacturing

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