Manufacturing

Lean manufacturing and custom packaging solutions

One of the lean manufacturing exercises that many businesses do is called a “value stream analysis”.  Basically one reviews all activities of your manufacturing/order fulfillment process and ask the question: “What value does this operation add for the customer?”   If the operation doesn’t add any valued functionality, then that...

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US manufacturing continues to grow in 2014

Reading some of the latest headlines relating to US manufacturing: “American Factories Expand at Fastest Pace in Three Years” – Bloomberg, “U.S. Manufacturing Growth Heats Up in July” –Fox Business, “US Manufacturing Expands Again in July”-ABC news. According to news sources, manufacturing has expanded for 14 consecutive months.   Great news on the manufacturing...

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Packnet’s CNC Routing serves a variety of needs

Packnet utilizes a wide variety of equipment and materials to provide its customers with the optimal custom packaging solutions. Packnet also uses its capabilities to provide stand alone services. One example is our CNC routering capability. Packnet can provide fast and accurate cutting and routing services on a wide variety...

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Six areas where material handling is costing you

While often ignored, material handling can end up being one the largest cost areas for a business. It can also present a great opportunity for profit improvement. Material handling is simply the transport of material from one point to another. This includes storage, packaging and shipping. It rarely adds...

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The Evolution of US Manufacturing

The industrial revolution in the US took place in the late 1800’s.  Product creation transformed from being built by artisans or craftsman to being built by manufacturing processes.   In the early 1900’s Ford Motor Company started using assembly line techniques to build its cars.  The rest of the world...

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Improvements from QRM are easy to see

In the past, Packnet has posted updates on its efforts and results regarding our implementation of Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM).  Quick Response Manufacturing is a continuous improvement strategy based on lead time and response time reduction.   It complements other improvement strategies such as 5S or six sigma. We have...

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