Lean Manufacturing

Exclusive Interview with Norman Bodek, Pioneer in American Lean Manufacturing Movement

In this exclusive interview with Manuficient Consulting, Norman Bodek shares some of the extraordinary details of his career as a one of the pioneers in the American Lean Manufacturing movement. Norman is a publisher, professor, and author who has published hundreds of Japanese management books in English and other languages. Most recently, Norman co-authored the Harada Method, a step-by-step process for setting and achieving personal and corporate goals.

20 Reasons You're Paying Too Much for Raw Materials - And How to Reduce Costs

Raw material is often the single greatest expense for any manufacturing operation. It could range anywhere from 35 - 75% of total cost of goods sold depending on industry and the nature of the supply chain. Unfortunately, many manufacturing companies simply accept this as a "cost of doing business" and are reluctant to explore some of the many opportunities to reduce raw material costs.

Inventory Reduction: Bringing Your Working Capital Cash Back to Life

Inventory is a fact of manufacturing life. It is accumulated and maintained for raw materials, work in-progress (or WIP), and finished goods. We like inventory when it means we can be highly responsive when the customer needs us to be.

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