Tag: Lean Manufacturing

Getting Started With Small Batch Production

There are three main types of production flows: continuous flow, batch production, and job production. Continuous flow is utilized to efficiently produce high volumes of identical units like gasoline and cars. Job production is used to create a single unique product every time with an example being a house or an aircraft carrier. Batch production […]

6 Steps of the Plastic Product Manufacturing Process

Plastic materials are used worldwide in a wide range of applications including automotive, aerospace, consumer products, packaging, and many others. This is due to its low cost, malleability, and ease of manufacture. The plastic product manufacturing process can be done in a variety of ways including molding, forming, or 3D printing. When high volumes of […]

Improve Quality, Cost, & Flow Time with Contract 3D Printing

There are a variety of factors to consider when evaluating a make/buy decision.  These factors can include the strategic importance of the work, core competencies in the supply chain, capacity constraints, and cost.  Companies should rarely use contract manufacturing if the work in question is of high strategic importance.  Exceptions could be made if the […]

Mass Customization With 3D Printing

Mass Customization With 3D Printing Mass customization combines the low unit costs of mass production with the product uniqueness that job production offers. In the days of Henry Ford, mass customization meant allowing a customer to chose a car in whichever color they wanted.. as long it was black. Since Ford’s time, industry has advanced […]

The Definitive Guide to New Product Development

Why Do Businesses Engage in New Product Development? Introducing new products is costly and risky; a failed new product launch can lead to massive losses and can even put a company out of business.  If a company already has a cash cow, then why risk it?  The answer, of course, is that businesses must constantly […]

The Ultimate Guide to Manufacturing

Manufacturing can broadly be defined as any process that takes raw material or component inputs, and through processing those inputs, produces a finished product that can be sold to a customer.  It is a broad field that covers many domains; everything that we can see that is not a naturally generated element has been manufactured.  […]

The Ultimate Guide to Supply Chain Management

What is Supply Chain Management? Supply chain management can be defined as a set of activities relating to the planning and control of all procurement, manufacturing, and logistical operations required to turn raw materials into finished products. It involves the flow of materials, information, and money and is critical for any company hoping to deliver […]

What is 3D Printing? The Ultimate Guide

What is 3D Printing? 3D Printing, otherwise known as additive manufacturing, is a group of technologies that utilize the concept of “adding” consecutive layers of material until a fully formed, 3D product is created.  There are a number of methods, materials, and applications surrounding 3D printing and we have created the ultimate guide to help […]

Running a Leaner Operation with 3D Printing

Inventory management is a critical function for all businesses. Whether it be raw material, work in process, finished goods or non-stock items that are required for the business to run its operations (computers, office supplies, etc.), it not desirable to have too much or too little of what you need to run your business. In […]

How 3D Printing Can Accelerate The Investment Casting Process

What happens when you combine a technology that has been tried and tested for centuries with one that has just emerged in the last few decades? The answer seems to point more and more to increased cost savings, faster lead times and new design possibilities. Investment casting has been in use for centuries and 3D […]