Kristin McLane

People and Profit

This summer, we’ve been talking about profitability. Who doesn’t want more of that?  Last week, we talked inventory.  Over- and under-inventory issues plague manufacturers that don't know how much of what they need at any given time.  Supply chain issues from COVID have not helped and the longer lead times mean many manufacturers don't know what they can promise by when.  

I haven’t met a manufacturer yet that said they were making too much money. And yet, when asked direct questions, most of those same manufacturers do not know how much they are making on individual jobs or customers, losing on the same or how much profit is even available on a job if they work it properly.

Inventory and Profit

Over the summer, we want to start a conversation around the tools you provide your workforce to...

Your Next Hire

We’ve all heard the news stories of employers that are not able to fill jobs. It’s been a...

Being Competitive in 2021

I heard someone in an interview the other day say consumers wanted things to return to pre-COVID...

Costing and Quoting

Do you know what it costs to produce a single part, complete a single process or ship your...

Upgrading Your Legacy System(s)

Deciding when to upgrade legacy systems is a constant debate across all IT departments....

Are You Ready to Move Your Workforce to the Cloud?

You come to work this morning and your workforce is ready to go.  Do they have everything they...

How Do You Deal with a Retiring Workforce

For more than a decade, economists and experts have hypothesized about what will happen when the...

How to Get Started Again in Manufacturing

Post COVID, targets are different and work has changed for almost everyone.  This is nothing new...

Critical Numbers in Manufacturing (Part 4)

In the first 3 parts of this piece on the numbers you need to know in order to be effective at...

Critical Numbers in Manufacturing (Part 3)

Machines are just a resource for your shop, right?  Nope.  Not even close.  When you are talking...

Critical Numbers in Manufacturing (Part 2)

Last week, we talked about run rates in manufacturing: how critical and complex they are, how...

Critical Numbers in Manufacturing

No matter what you make, there are critical numbers you have to know if you’re going to be in...

How Distributed Work Gets Done in Manufacturing (Part 3)

You know that manufacturing is a bear.  Things never go as planned.  Machines go down.  Orders...

How Distributed Work Gets Done in Manufacturing (Part 2)

Last week, we talked about how manufacturing has been operating under a distributed work force...