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What North American Manufacturers Can Learn from the Japanese

POST DATE: August 18, 2016

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

A few days ago, I was talking with a friend of mine who works at a subsidiary of a well-known Asian car company. My friend’s employer manufacturers components for their vehicles, and sends those parts to Japan to become part of the assembly line. My frien… https://www.moderneng.com/blog/2016/08/what-north-american-manufacturers-can-learn-japanese/


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Perished by Poor Decisions

POST DATE: July 13, 2016

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

I drove by a sawmill the other day. It closed within the last few years. I decided that I needed a break to stretch my legs so I pulled over. I stood there, looking at the empty shell of the mill that had once been a vibrant hub of activity. This made me … https://www.moderneng.com/blog/2016/07/perished-poor-decisions/


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The Speed of Advancement in Manufacturing is a Real Headache

POST DATE: March 07, 2016

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

I don’t think I’m alone in having this ailment, but there’s no medical doctor that can help me. When I wake up every morning, I find that the world has changed, and I know it will change again the next day. The world I am talking about is the manufacturin… https://www.moderneng.com/blog/2016/03/speed-advancement-manufacturing-real-headache/


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What You Should Do When Business is Slow

POST DATE: May 27, 2015

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Every once in a while, you will find that business is slow and there are just no orders to be had! Unless you really annoyed your customers and have done something very wrong, eventually the orders will start coming in again and life shall return to norma… https://www.moderneng.com/blog/2015/05/what-you-should-do-when-business-slow/


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How to Manufacture Ideas Like a Pro

POST DATE: March 12, 2015

AUTHOR Nicole Larson

My mind is like a gumball machine full of ideas on a regular basis. Do you remember how video rental stores (yes, back when VHS tapes were around) would have those big gumball machines full of rainbow coloured gumballs, plus the odd black one mixed in? Th… https://www.moderneng.com/blog/2015/03/how-manufacture-ideas-pro/


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Stop Being So Cheap! You're Bleeding Your Company Dry

POST DATE: March 06, 2015

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

I saved some money yesterday, but today I am bleeding money all over the floor. I got a great deal on a piece of equipment awhile back, but today I am hemorrhaging money because of that great deal. I went for something that I was told was “just as good”. … https://www.moderneng.com/blog/2015/03/stop-being-so-cheap-youre-bleeding-your-company-dry/


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Every Day is a Great Day for Change

POST DATE: January 08, 2015

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

It’s a new day in a New Year. I guess if you really looked at this statement, every day is a new day in a New Year but many of us only look at it that way on January 1st. Is that often enough? https://www.moderneng.com/blog/2015/01/every-day-great-day-change/


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Are You Innovating Or Renovating?

POST DATE: November 26, 2014

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

As you are reading this blog, many millions of dollars of equipment are be purchased by companies around the planet, much of it is in the manufacturing sector. The question that follows is, ‘Does the equipment being bought actual innovate their business o… https://www.moderneng.com/blog/2014/11/are-you-innovating-or-renovating/


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Does Buying A Robot Equal Automation?

POST DATE: September 24, 2014

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

I have been asked many times about how to automate things in manufacturing. I've been asked if automation is like “Buying a Robot?” Many people feel they need to replace the human component with a robot to integrate automation. It sounds simple and straig… https://www.moderneng.com/blog/2014/09/does-buying-robot-equal-automation/


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Why Aren't We Investing In Automation?

POST DATE: June 05, 2014

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

Every day companies are facing challenges to compete. These challenges range from the ability to deliver on time to providing a competitive price. Being in North America we have some of the highest labour costs on the planet, certainly higher than Asia. W… https://www.moderneng.com/blog/2014/06/why-arent-we-investing-automation/


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Never Leave A Stone Unturned

POST DATE: April 16, 2014

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

In business we seem to always find ways to avoid doing new things or making improvements to our companies. While I was on vacation in Italy, touring around the town of Lucca, I came across a sign that said “Wine-Oil”. I laughed, and began to carry on my w… https://www.moderneng.com/blog/2014/04/never-leave-stone-unturned/


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So, you need to buy a new piece of equipment. You have selected the vendors, the equipment and you have the company buy-in from all the stakeholders. I know you want to pull the trigger and buy the equipment, but I want you to stop for a moment and consid… https://www.moderneng.com/blog/2013/11/whats-important-when-selecting-equipment-part-4-financing-and-cost/


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You need to buy a new piece of equipment. You‘ve selected the vendors and you‘ve determined the right piece, or type, of equipment you want to buy. Now you just have to go ahead and make it happen. Wrong. The most critical part of buying a piece of equipm… https://www.moderneng.com/blog/2013/10/whats-important-when-selecting-equipment-part-3-getting-company-buy/


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So you've decided it's time to buy another machine. You've carefully selected the vendor or vendors that you want to deal with. Now it's time to select the equipment, including accessories. In a competitive market there are many brands that your vendors c… https://www.moderneng.com/blog/2013/10/whats-important-when-selecting-equipment-part-2-equipment-capability/


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So you’ve decided it is time to buy another machine! This is a very big decision. Now what do you do? I’ve faced this decision many times and each time is as difficult as the last. It’s a very critical decision with long-lasting impact. The decision often… https://www.moderneng.com/blog/2013/09/whats-important-when-selecting-equipment-part-i-choosing-right-vendor/


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