Technology’s evolving role in supporting continuous improvement

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 07-25-13

Continuous improvement has always had a strained relationship with technology, for both good reasons and bad. One of the good is that doing things manually and building your own systems can be a one of the most productive means of learning you can create. One of the worst reasons is

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The future of additive manufacturing

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 06-17-13

Take some raw materials. Put a lot of energy into forming them into a part of a certain size. Then remove some of to end up with the part you need. That seems like the very definition of waste. Yet it is how most things get made today. To be

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Is lean anti-technology?

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 01-07-10

It shouldn’t be. But a lean organization also doesn’t adopt technology for technology’s sake. There are often two camps in the “lean world.” There are those who really believe that lean is about no technology. Others believe that you can’t be lean without eKanban and ERP integration. IndustryWeek covered the

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