GARY KAPANOWSKI: LEAN Manufacturing through Compact Machining Cell

This article focuses on the actual manufacturing processes and Lean principles to reduce waste, such as idle spindle time, lost time during set-up, or for loading and unloading work pieces.  The author does a nice job describing the complexities of this organizations difficulty with meeting customer specifications that make it difficult for international competition to […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Achieving measurable improvements in Lean within the metal finishing industry

This is a great article for Lean professionals to show how measured improvements can be earned through installing Lean.  With sales increase over 58%, Parts Per Million Defects reduced by 75%, and On-Time Delivery nearing 100%.  This was accomplished through Lean principles of valuing the workforce to own their processes to make improvements and eliminating […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Focus on the Workforce

This is a great article discussing how universities and companies can share in the learning process and contribute to Lean continuous improvements.  In clear step-by-step process, the collaboration provides the roadmap for continuous improvement for any organization or industry. Article Link: http://www.sme.org/MEMagazine/Article.aspx?id=69061&taxid=1415 Gary Kapanowski – Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt – Excelsior The following […]

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: 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: A college degree is worth $1 million

Over a lifetime, the average college graduates will earn $1 million more than high school graduates.  There is more too.  The difference between the highest-paid college majors and the lowest-paid is more than $3 million dollars per a study by Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. The study analyzed wages for 137 college […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: CEO pay soared 12% in 2014

The average worker’s salary increase of 3% does not compare the annual pay for CEOs of 12.1% last year, the fastest increase since 2010. Higher pension values, larger annual incentive payouts and higher values of long-term incentives all contributed to the large increase. The segment in size for CEO pay increase indicate that small-cap companies […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Average worker must work 127.7 years for 1 year of CEO pay

Everyone can see this in everyday life.  The average pay of chief executive officers working for the largest 3,000 companies in the U.S. climbed to $6.4 million in 2014 from $5.5 million while wages and salaries rose around 3% for most Americans workers in 2014.  Utilizing data from the Social Security Administration indicate the average […]