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Employee-Owned Companies Look to the Future

Senior Editor Bill Koenig

4/1/2016

The employee owned companies of Fastener Industries Inc. (Berea, OH) produce some of the most basic products in manufacturing: nuts, bolts, screws, levelers and pins. It began with the Ohio Nut & Bolt Co., founded in 1905 to produce bicycle chains. The company switched to employee ownership in 1980. As acquisitions occurred, those companies were converted to employee ownership as well. Full Article

Creating New Value at Toyota



Jim Morgan, President, Emc Network

2/25/2016

On a visit to Toyota headquarters in Japan, Morgan, a former Ford director, got a lesson in the fundamentals of Lean Product and Process Development.

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Oil & Gas Producers Need Technology, Innovation



Edited by Executive Editor James D. Sawyer from information provided by IHS

2/19/2016

As persistent low oil prices take their toll on both industry profits and spending projections, oil and gas operators are turning, in part, to technology and innovation to reduce costs and increase capital efficiency. Full Article

How to Leverage the IoT in Lean Manufacturing



Frederick L. Thomas, Director Discrete Manufacturing Industries, Dassault

Within the context of Lean manufacturing, focused on elimination of waste and continual process improvement, the IoT can lead to huge efficiency gains. Some people see the combination of the two as Lean on steroids. Tools and equipment will automatically collect, share and interact with other data and processes, opening up a whole new realm of achievements attainable under Lean initiatives.
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Flexible Flow at ConMed Orthopedics



Edited by Senior Editor Michael Anderson from information provided by Mazak

11/11/2015

Constant innovation is the life force behind business success at ConMed Orthopedics in Largo, FL. The company specializes in medical devices for orthopedic, arthroscopic and laparoscopic surgery. ConMed Largo currently manufactures about 4300 different part catalog numbers and introduces many innovative new products per year. Competition is tough, and ConMed must continuously boost efficiency and shorten product development lead times to get its innovations to market as quickly as possible. Full Article

Light Guide Systems, HP Launch 'Blended Reality' Tech Tool



Press Release - Light Guide Systems, HP

2/4/2016

Light Guide Systems, an augmented reality tool that is transforming manual assembly and manufacturing processes for companies worldwide, is working with HP Inc., to launch a new technology tool—Light Guide Systems Pro. Utilizing the immersive computing platform Sprout Pro by HP, Light Guide Systems Pro modernizes manual assembly processes in commercial and education applications. Full Article

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