Archive for March, 2006

Mar 06 2006

Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED) – the flavor of the month.

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Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED) is the current flag saluted by management as the newest philosophy coming out of Japan.  For its application (metal stamping) it’s perfect.  It reduces setup times to virtually zero in normal production runs.  Management is now asking “If it can be done there, Why not in our molding shop?”  When you sit in a clean office overlooking the production floor through one set of windows and watching the sunset through another, this is a viable question.  But it needs a closer look: Continue Reading »

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Mar 06 2006

Bringing Your Plant to Your Customers

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Plant tours are an excellent sales tool but you usually bring in the folks you know because most of the people you’d like to have see your plant, are a great distance away.  We’re in the electronic age.  It takes little to put together a PowerPoint presentation to take on the road, or to imbed into your website.  Business if a function of visibility.  The more people see you, the more business you can expect. Continue Reading »

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Mar 06 2006

Mold Maintenance: Predictive or Preventative

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Maintenance is designed to extend the life of a mold.  There are those who do it religiously on a fixed schedule and those who believe it can be predicted by a computer model.  The conflict between the customer and supplier is usually WHO pays and HOW MUCH and how or why is this expense justified.  Somehow this is usually divided among each with less than the Wisdom of Solomon. Continue Reading »

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