Lean commentary from major commercial aviation OEMs

Here at the SpeedNews Aviation Suppliers Conference in LA, interesting comments on lean from Airbus and Boeing: Airbus – site setup and configuration based on lean techniques are a major pillar of Airbus’ Power8 restructuring plan, allowing them to achieve efficiency while reducing the magnitude of cuts in the blue-collar workforce. Boeing – Just saw…


How Corning used Six Sigma to improve energy efficiency – this weekend’s topic on America’s Business with Mike Hambrick

This weekend another radio segment airs on America’s Business with Mike Hambrick on how Corning used Six Sigma (DMAIC), supported by Microsoft technology tools such as Visio and our partner Itron, to achieve the following objectives: §  Assure uninterrupted supply of energy to BSD facilities. §  Reduce the total direct cost of energy as impacted…


A new book for Lean Product Development

Last week at the Lean Transformation Summit, Prof. Durward Sobek of Montana State University, gave a presentation about a new book just published called “Lean Product and Process Development” authored by Allen Ward. I think you’ll find the book to contain some breakthrough thinking on applying lean thinking to product development. A link with more info on the…


Bill Gates on American Competitiveness

From shopfloor.org:  Microsoft Chairman and CEO Bill Gates appeared before the Senate Health Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee yesterday to testify on the topic of US competitiveness, a topic in which he is well-versed. Link to the full post at http://blog.nam.org/archives/2007/03/bill_gates_test.php  


And now for some manufacturing humor…

Thanks to Ron Pereira for a good laugh – found this on his Lean Six Sigma Academy blog: http://leansixsigmaacademy.blogspot.com/2007/03/new-doe-teaching-aid.html Will we ever see this on From Edison’s Desk as the latest feature rollout for GE refrigerators? 🙂


New case study – Gates Corporation enabling continuous improvement with Sharepoint

New case study published on Gates Corporation – details how they are using various Microsoft technologies such as Sharepoint to standardize work, improve information access, and push KPIs and transparency throughout the organization. Excerpt:  “To enforce consistent business processes, executive management and division leaders create annual objectives that correlate to pillars of the Gates Business…