2017 Blog Archive

  • Cyber Security in the Manufacturing Industry

    By MAMTC on June 23, 2017

    Would it surprise you to know that the manufacturing industry is the second-most hacked industry? According the IBM’s 2016 Cyber Security Intelligence Index, healthcare is the most hacked industry...

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  • The Problem with Earnings Multiples

    By MAMTC Alliance Partner on June 13, 2017

    Today's blog is by Mark Blackton with Molliter Advisory regarding Earnings Multiples and problems associated with them. Clients and potential clients ask, “What EBITDA1 multiples are being paid...

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  • What is the Key to Lean Success?

    By Mike Niedenthal on June 6, 2017

    “Lean is a set of beautiful ideas. Are we doing enough to get them across?” John Shook, CEO of the Lean Enterprise Institute The effectiveness of lean ideas no longer needs proving:  we now...

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  • Supply Chain Foundations

    By Guest Blogger on May 30, 2017

    Consider this: 100 percent of domestic manufacturers in the United States procure some combination of materials, components, sub-assemblies, and/or assemblies from other companies—they buy stuff. And...

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  • Purchase Price vs Total Cost Of Ownership

    By Joe Torrago on May 23, 2017

    I have written in the past regarding methods and discussions regarding how to optimize your supply chain. I'd like to take the discussion deeper into one particular area and make an offer I believe...

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  • Lean vs. Six Sigma

    By Mike Niedenthal on May 16, 2017

    We are often asked, “Which improvement approach, Lean or Six Sigma, is better?” “What are the main differences?”  While I know these questions have and continue to be debated by both Lean and Six...

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  • MAMTC’s REAP Strategy for Kansas Manufacturers

    By Gary Hogsett on May 11, 2017

    You’ve undoubtedly heard about Win-Win scenarios, right? You know how they go – you win, we win, everyone wins. But when is the last time you were able to actually participate in a Win-Win activity...

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  • MAMTC Alliance Partners (MAPs)

    By Mark Chalfant on May 5, 2017

    We have presented in previous MAMTC newsletters our new business model, one that we refer to as a Hub and Spoke model. In essence, the goal of the Hub and Spoke Model is to coordinate the vast MAMTC...

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  • Speed versus Throughput

    By Joe Torrago on May 2, 2017

    Remember the movie Speed from 1994?  One of the more quoted lines from that movie was something like this – “Pop quiz, hotshot. There's a bomb on a bus. Once the bus goes 50 miles an hour, the bomb...

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  • Stealing Shamelessly

    By Joe Torrago on April 26, 2017

    One of the key concepts I learned very early on in my Lean training over 25 years ago was the idea of stealing shamelessly. Before any one gets the idea I learned and support an all-out theft of...

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