Steven Calhoun

Steven Calhoun

Content Strategist

Recent posts by Steven Calhoun

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Pull Production Systems: Push vs Pull, Types, and Tools

By Steven Calhoun on Jan 12, 2022 3:34:10 PM

Stacking inventory as a buffer is a common practice, but it often goes too far. In the worst cases, businesses produce everything ahead of time and then hope to sell it all, only to find that engineering made an urgent modification to the product or that the forecasts were way off.

Topics: Lean Methodology Operational Excellence
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Visual Management in Manufacturing and Logistics

By Steven Calhoun on Dec 30, 2021 10:45:00 AM

There are likely many times you’ve encountered problems that arose from something being unclear. Communication is key, as the saying goes. That’s where visual management comes in.

Topics: Lean Methodology Operational Excellence
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The Five S Methodology: A Powerful Lean Tool

By Steven Calhoun on Dec 28, 2021 12:32:45 PM

One of the first steps toward adopting the Lean methodology is implementing the five S’s. You might have heard of these before, but we’re going to make it clear what these terms are, what they mean, and how you can use the 5S methodology to set a strong foundation for future operational improvements.

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Why Veryable is Only for Manufacturing and Logistics Companies

By Steven Calhoun on Dec 10, 2021 10:00:00 AM

Companies often ask us why we only focus on providing our on-demand labor marketplace for the manufacturing and logistics industries in the United States.

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On-Time, In-Full (OTIF): A Key Supply Chain Metric

By Steven Calhoun on Dec 8, 2021 2:00:00 PM

Delivering on time and including everything the customer ordered are key to succeeding in the supply chain. So how should you measure your performance in this area?

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The Labor Shortage: What’s Changed and Why It’s Here to Stay

By Steven Calhoun on Dec 3, 2021 9:31:55 AM

You’ve seen the headlines and heard the talking points on what’s happening in the labor market in the US. But what does this mean for you as someone in manufacturing and logistics, and more importantly, how can you adapt to this reality and come out stronger on the other side?

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Best IIoT Platforms for Manufacturing

By Steven Calhoun on Nov 24, 2021 12:00:00 PM

It can be daunting to select an IIoT platform when you’re on your digital transformation journey. The good news is, your transformation won’t happen overnight, so there’s plenty of time to pick the right solution.

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What is Poka-Yoke? (Definition, Examples, and Benefits)

By Steven Calhoun on Nov 17, 2021 11:15:00 AM

Have you ever gone through the steps of a process and thought, “Wow, that was easy”? If you have, there’s a chance that poka-yoke was involved. There’s a common refrain that good design goes unnoticed. Maybe that’s why you haven’t heard of poka-yoke until just now.

Topics: Lean Methodology
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Best CMMS for Manufacturing

By Steven Calhoun on Nov 12, 2021 9:55:21 AM

We’ve narrowed down the leaders in the maintenance management software realm and compared them to help you decide which one works best for your business.

5 min read

Don’t Ditch the Lean Supply Chain

By Steven Calhoun on Nov 5, 2021 10:37:09 AM

In recent months, some supply chain thinkers have all but blamed lean inventory levels for the challenges and delays the world has faced in 2020 and 2021.

Topics: US Manufacturing Megatrends