GARY KAPANOWSKI: Michigan Lean Consortium brings an experienced eye to lean’s journey

With the advancement in manufacturing, Lean is still seen as a quick fix for cost reduction, increased workloads, and layoffs.  With the incorporation of the nonprofit, all-volunteer Michigan Lean Consortium (MLC), the mission for Michigan organizations under the tutelage of the MLC is to develop and support lean systems thinkers to transform Michigan’s organizations and […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Seven Organizational Design Tips for Aerospace Executives

In thermodynamics and business operations, entropy is a natural killer of performance.  A lack of consistent maintenance or review leads to an unavoidable trend toward chaos, a falling a part of processes.  An old slogan is “if you are standing still – you are not advancing”.  The following are some ways to counter the entropy […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: How family status affects women at work?

Raising the corporate ladder is difficult for anyone.  The latest research indicates being a woman with kids is not a favorable indicator for success.  The positive indicator of mentorship boosts the results for women.  The interesting fact from the article is that the supply of women with credible education backgrounds would point to a more […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: LEAN Manufacturing through Compact Machining Cell

This article describes the true intention of Lean to establish a continuous improvement cycle.  This group started with over 1,700 parts to categorize for production and tooling then to capacity.  This led to a reorganization of the shop floor based on the pull from the customer.  This also produced a “process family code system” for […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: How to Run a Factory

This article provides a list for utilizing continuous improvement initiatives when running a factory.  For any industry, this can be used for implementing Lean. Focus on today’s technology before buying something new When possible, never do “all new” Pay attention to detail. Don’t assume Adopt a “common” focus Be extremely wary of expanding by acquisitions […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Finding a second career may be easier than you think

A recent report indicates what many professionals believe that finding a new career for older workers is possible.  The report indicates that those over 45 of age seeking a new career successfully found one 82% of the time.  This is an amazing statistic since this is not experienced by younger workers.  This is a change […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: GM to end production of current Chevy Volt

General Motors will halt production of the Chevrolet Volt electric car for the summer to eliminate over seven months of unsold inventory and smooth the way for the next generation of the hybrid sedan.  The first Volt went on sale in 2010 with high expectations, but sales have been lackluster amid low gasoline prices and […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Lean manufacturing is for all industries

This is a great article for Lean professionals.  It’s easy to get too focused on the tools of Lean.  As professionals, we need to understand the behaviors, grow people, and build standards.  In Lean transformations, the behaviors drive the tools.  Such areas to consider is coaching, employee empowerment, and problem solving. The implementation results are […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Keystone pipeline wouldn’t be ‘disaster’ for climate says EPA Chief

I didn’t know we entered the Orwellian world of ‘doubletalk’ but it really seams the US government is a perfectionist in the art.  After years of hearing how the Keystone pipeline would be an environmental disaster, we now learn that not only is the Keystone pipeline not a specific issue for a disaster but all […]