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Disruptive Innovation with LBM/Component Companies

By Ben Hershey | February 17, 2018

Over the years, our industry has seen a lot of innovation in how we handle materials, how we manufacture, and how we take a house from an idea to a component using the computer. But, over the past few years, we have seen an acceleration in big ideas, disruption, and we we can do using…

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Continuous Improvement Culture

By Ben Hershey | December 21, 2017

While speaking at a recent conference, I was asked a really good question from one of the executives of a Component/LBM company.  His question prompted me to think about how I would start 2018 off in my articles. The question was: “Our company does not have an incentive program in place though we arbitrarily reward…

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Tim Woods Series

By Ben Hershey | December 16, 2017

No Waste Path Using Tim Woods December 2017 Skills Play a Vital Role in Lean Management November 2017 Improve Your Production Processes and say “NO” to Waste September 2017 Improve Your Motion and Waiting August 2017 Open Your Eyes to Overproduction June 2017 How Quality Control is Essential in your Lean Program April 2017 Inventory…

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Why Coaching is Important to Continuous Improvement

By Ben Hershey | January 1, 2017

It’s 2017, Happy New Year! If you are like me, you spend the later part of the year setting goals for the coming year and planning how to accomplish them. For those who work for me, I always set goals, metrics, and participate in a conference on how we are going to achieve what we…

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Establishing Your Lean Strategy

By Ben Hershey | December 1, 2016

Many of today’s Component Manufacturers are considering some measure of Lean implementations.  Most are based on a series of what are essentially isolated Kaizen-based waste reductions projects.  In selecting areas in their operations, a CM will look at the perceived waste (savings) available; those areas with more waste reduction potential get a higher priority.  While such a…

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Lean Thinking Means No Waste: No Tim Woods

By Ben Hershey | November 16, 2016

Previously published in The Component Manufacturing Advertiser – November 2016 At its core, Lean means no waste. The original Lean (Six Sigma) concept defines 7 wastes (Muda) that exist in business. All process waste is categorized into one or more of these categories. The rules for these wastes apply in both manufacturing and non-manufacturing industries.…

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Generational Shift in the Component Industry

By Ben Hershey | November 17, 2015

The workplace has always had multiple generations working side by side. There’s the fresh-faced newcomers, the experienced professionals who hold the established roles and the older individuals who have been in the industry for decades. Each of these distinct age groups comes with its own unique background and expectations, which can sometimes cause friction between…

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Top 10 Employee Training Tools

By Ben Hershey | April 16, 2015

Finding and retaining employees is currently a significant challenge. There are several facets to this issue: identifying a pool of viable candidates; convincing them the component manufacturing industry is a valuable career option; and, providing a great work environment so they don’t jump ship when the work becomes difficult or they are approached with a…

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Maximizing Your Investment in State-of-the-Art Equipments

By Ben Hershey | May 17, 2000

As with any industry, labor is scarce in the prefabricated wood component industry. Unfortunately, the problem is not going away any time soon. So, to improve production and increase revenue, many manufacturers are investing in newer, faster automated machinery. But, that may not be the only solution. A truss plant could have the best machinery…

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