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Category: Manufacturing Knowledge Base

3 Tips for Effective Problem Solving

The team at DISHER loves to problem solve. We take on many roles with clients where we put our hours of problem-solving training and experience to work. Some of our favorite structured methods include: Six Sigma, Shainen, KT, Practical Problem Solving, A3 problem solving, and 8D problem Solving. However, the complete list of problem-solving tools is endless. Each... Read More

Automation Is Not the End Goal— but Increased Productivity

I am passionate about manufacturing and helping my customers thrive. One pressing concern they all share is how to boost productivity with fewer workers. To stay competitive, they understand that improvements must be made to grow the bottom line. Manufacturing leaders are looking for fresh ideas and new perspectives, but often lack the time and resources to bring... Read More

We Can Do It – Bridging the Manufacturing-Labor Gap

On March 7, I had the pleasure of presenting at PivotPoint, a thought-leadership event designed for the manufacturing and industrial community in southwest Michigan. My topic centered around the biggest challenge facing many manufactures today: how to fill skilled-labor jobs. One solution that delivers proven results is to harness the potential of experience workers using TWI and Kata... Read More

Designing at the Seams

The Value of Risk Mitigation As a Product Development Engineer engaged in the automotive industry pre- and post-launch, my daily activities often consist of addressing current production issues and identifying and mitigating future risks. The value of risk mitigation is what I’d like to focus on in this blog. Perhaps this topic won’t rack up thousands of page views... Read More

Asking the Right Questions Always Leads to Improvement

I am the proud father of two little boys, ages three and five. Among the busy days, messes, and laughter there is one other constant: questions. What are we doing tonight? How does a key work? Could you somehow get inside a leaf? Maybe you can relate to this line of questioning. Recently my son asked, “Dad, where... Read More

You Make It— I Break It

  The Importance of Validation Testing. Validation testing plays a significant role in product development. Have you ever wanted to rip the radio out of your car and smash it on the ground? I’ve taken things out of my car and smashed them - and it’s quite satisfying! I didn’t do it out of frustration, I did it as part... Read More

A Day in the Life of a Manufacturing Engineer

Operators, Operations, & Opportunities There’s a Beatles song called “A Day in the Life” that closes the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. At the end of this song, an E chord is struck and held onto for 45-seconds or so giving the impression that the song never really ends. I love the finality yet continual nature of... Read More

Effective Prototype Development

Don’t Waste Precious Resources   During the space race of the 1960’s, as the legend goes, NASA engineers encountered a challenge. Astronauts needed to take notes in space but typical ballpoint pens did not function in a Zero-G environment. NASA funneled millions of taxpayer dollars into developing a pen that could write upside-down in space on either side of the... Read More