Woodworking Techniques and Advice
Written by B.H. Davis Monday, 19 March 2012 00:00
Sooner or later, most small-shop owners will find a great bargain on a machine only to discover that it has a 3-phase motor. Since 3-phase power is typically found in industrial settings, many of these shops will only have a single-phase electrical service coming into their buildings. While sometimes the simplest solution is to just replace the motor, that is not always a reasonable option. In this article, I will discuss other ways to bring 3-phase machines online.
Written by Ralph Bagnall Monday, 16 January 2012 00:00
The last in our four-part series on lean manufacturing focuses on getting your workers to buy into a cost-effective shop floor strategy.
Written by Ralph Bagnall Monday, 12 December 2011 00:00
This is the third in a four-part series on lean manufacturing for custom shops. Part 1 covered the importance of a clean and organized shop; Part 2 focused on identifying common tasks. Part 4 will explain how to get employees to “buy in” to lean manufacturing techniques.
Written by Ralph Bagnall Monday, 14 November 2011 00:00
This is a four-part series on lean manufacturing for custom shops. Part 1 covered the importance of a clean and organized shop. Part 3 will cover proper batch sizing, while Part 4 will focus on getting employees to “buy in” to the techniques.
Written by Ralph Bagnall Monday, 17 October 2011 00:00
Most of us have heard of lean manufacturing. We have read the articles in praise of Toyota and Ford and many other manufacturers that improved the quality and efficiency of their operations. We have heard experts using terms such as “Kaizen,” “Kanban,” and “Heijunka” and wondered if they were just making stuff up.
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