Kristin McLane

The Surgical Checklist in Your Shop

You may not be in the medical field or make medical equipment, but we could all take a lesson from a surgical team. I recently had the opportunity to watch them in action for a planned surgery and the attention to detail was amazing. The team worked flawlessly together and double-checked the work multiple times. There were small little processes they used to ensure that all was done correctly. I wonder how well I am doing that in my own work?  How about you?

Manufacturing and the Hostess

This summer, we’re revisiting a series on how to buy a manufacturing software platform. We’re also...

How to Buy a Manufacturing Software Tool to Manage Your Errors - Part 3

We have been discussing the use of technology to solve errors in your manufacturing shop. For...

How to Buy a Manufacturing Software Tool to Manage Your Errors - Part 2

As we’ve progressed through this conversation about how to buy a manufacturing software tool to...

How to Buy a Manufacturing Software Tool to Manage Your Errors

Last week, we discussed why you might need a manufacturing software system to manage and eliminate...

The Production Shop Ticket

This week, I had to go to the car dealer for a new battery on my car. This wasn’t where my trip...

The Structure In Your Shop - Part 2

Recently, we upgraded the security system at the office (some good information in that link as to...

The Structural Walls of Your Shop

This week, a neighbor's landscaping project got me thinking about how important it is to have the...

When an Alarm is not an Alarm

Opening the garage door recently, I heard an alarm. A beeping noise coming from my car.  Never a...

Confirmation Bias in Your Shop

It’s not often that we quote ancient Greek playwrights, but this morning I’m thinking about...

Everything is on Target, Until it's not.

You go to the morning meeting and you hear the stats. The team tells you everything’s on track. You...

The Black Hole that is Manufacturing

Last week, we all learned about Sagittarius A-star, the black hole at the center of the Milky Way....

How to Buy a Manufacturing Software Tool - Part 4

Manufacturers today are hurting. There's no doubt. Whether you’re growing or not, you are working...

How to Buy a Manufacturing Software Tool - Part 3

We’re talking about how to buy a Manufacturing Software tool. Deciding you need one may be the easy...

How to Buy a Manufacturing Software Tool - Part 2

If you have scrap, late shipments, overruns, inventory shortages, and operator workflow issues and...