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The Keys to Better Margins are Hiding in Your Shop

Earn better margins by implementing quality systemsYou work hard for your money, so it’s important not to let hidden inefficiencies rob you of even a fraction of your profits. In Lean Manufacturing, we call these inefficiencies waste, and waste can be found in everything from equipment maintenance problems to poorly maintained tools to problems with workflow or even poor ergonomics. In this session you’ll learn the basics of what is involved in Lean Manufacturing 5S Implementation, how to identify and tackle bottlenecks, and how to buffer your production output while solving bottleneck problems. Take these lessons straight from the session to the shop, and you’ll be improving efficiency (and earning better margins) immediately. Lean Manufacturing is a set of disciplines that has long been credited with improving manufacturing speed, quality, and performance. But most Lean Manufacturing programs are geared to more complex manufacturing operations. Andrea Hill has been breaking down Lean Manufacturing for the jewelry shop environment for nearly 15 years, taking the most valuable aspects of lean and showing small shop owners how to get a lot of value out of a handful of basic, down-to-earth practices. In this session you will learn the basics of how to reduce unnecessary movement and increase productivity, how to find shop bottlenecks and what to do when you find them, how to do a quarterly shop audit to identify opportunities for improvement, and how to transform the phrase ‘ continuous improvement’ from a thing people say to a thing people do.

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