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Steven Calhoun

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Recent posts by Steven Calhoun

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Production Leveling vs Agile Manufacturing

By Steven Calhoun on Oct 13, 2021 10:00:00 AM

You need to meet customer demands, but you also have to plan your production properly to make sure you’re working profitably. This is a tall task, and luckily, people in your shoes have already tried many approaches to solving this problem.

Topics: Operational Excellence
2 min read

Make the Most of Your Data with Veryable

By Steven Calhoun on Oct 8, 2021 1:20:12 PM

Are you making the most of the data available to you in your Veryable portal? When used properly, you can see how many workers you’ll need, what your efficiency targets should be, and how much value you’re creating for your company.

Topics: On-Demand Labor
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Improving Lead Times with On-Demand Labor

By Steven Calhoun on Oct 6, 2021 9:16:00 AM

As an operations leader in today’s hypercompetitive landscape, you’re always on the lookout for ways to reduce lead times to better satisfy internal stakeholders and, ultimately, delight the customer. In a volatile time with so many supply chain disruptions, the companies able to put products on shelves and in carts are the ones that get orders.

Topics: On-Demand Labor Operational Excellence
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Lean Six Sigma for Manufacturing

By Steven Calhoun on Oct 1, 2021 10:43:19 AM

There’s a good reason you hear about Lean, Six Sigma, and probably Lean Six Sigma all the time as a manufacturing leader. It’s a powerful way to manage your production, and so contagious that proud practitioners of this method often include their certification next to their names like doctors or lawyers.

Topics: Lean Methodology Operational Excellence
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The Rube Goldberg Problem in Manufacturing

By Steven Calhoun on Sep 23, 2021 4:51:12 PM

US manufacturing has a problem. It’s not attracting enough workers, and its output lags behind where it needs to be if we are going to bring productive power back onto our shores en masse. What would otherwise be a simple equation has become muddled with variables and complexities that leave us worse off, as the global supply chain has shown us in the past year. US manufacturing is stuck in a giant Rube Goldberg machine, propped up by tinier complexities at the individual facility level.

Topics: Operational Excellence
4 min read

Addressing Productivity Issues Using On-Demand Labor

By Steven Calhoun on Sep 17, 2021 10:03:55 AM

You’ve been here before: operations seem to be doing just fine, until you check the numbers and see that output is not keeping pace. You should be taking on more orders, but you’re having trouble keeping up with the ones you have. So what do you do?

Topics: On-Demand Labor Operational Excellence
6 min read

Best Manufacturing Execution Systems 2021

By Steven Calhoun on Sep 15, 2021 1:19:04 PM

The following list of manufacturing execution software (MES) will help you choose the right tool for getting a clear picture of what’s going on inside your operation, so you can wrangle it under your control to achieve greater business results.

Topics: Digital Manufacturing
2 min read

The Problem with Heijunka Production Leveling

By Steven Calhoun on Sep 3, 2021 1:00:00 PM

Implementing heijunka to level your production is a longstanding approach to manufacturing. However, it can bog down your business when it is used as a self-imposed, artificial constraint on production.

Topics: Lean Methodology Operational Excellence
3 min read

Three Steps to Improving Quality in Manufacturing

By Steven Calhoun on Aug 30, 2021 7:30:00 AM

Quality is a qualifier for keeping business. The balancing act between cost, speed, and quality isn’t easy. Luckily, you still have control of your situation and can take action to save your operation from quality issues.

Topics: On-Demand Labor Operational Excellence
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The Metaverse and Manufacturing: Hype vs Reality

By Steven Calhoun on Aug 27, 2021 11:00:00 AM

Manufacturing has long had the concept of a “digital twin” of physical facilities and their machines. The consumer-oriented version of this concept has been branded the “metaverse” and is catching on among Silicon Valley figureheads and social media companies.

Topics: Digital Manufacturing Megatrends