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Lean principles apply to sourcing strategy and manufacturing execution.

Successfully competing in the market still means having the high-quality products your market wants, when and where they want them. However, the new twist is competing globally for available material, while maintaining enough operational efficiency to price competitively and still make a profit.

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Every new year brings the promise of change.

It’s the beginning of a new year. Hard to believe the last one is gone, especially as it was not bad, as years go. Some years are more special than others.

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The money needed to play in the highest-performance space has forced everyone but IBM to the sidelines.

Once upon a time, there were many major computer makers in the world, and they developed and marketed expensive high end computational systems, spent a lot of money developing cool technology, and had impressive manufacturing operations.

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When one considers hotbeds of high-tech education and training, Elyria, Ohio, isn’t the first place that comes to mind.

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The age-old technology is seeing new life in medical and other applications.

Old technologies never die; they just get new names. Flex circuits have been around for many years in the IC packaging business and have been called almost as many names. In the early days, it was tape automated bonding (TAB).

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Key questions to ask when considering implementation.

My columns have traditionally discussed the choices that EPIC has made in its Lean manufacturing strategy implementation. What hasn’t been covered is the basic groundwork analysis every company should go through when considering whether Lean is a good fit.

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