The 'Skinny' on the New Year

Monitoring the control panel on this bar feeder alerts the operator when the barstock needs to be replenished. Implementing equipment such as this in a shop leads to successful lean manufacturing.


Have you made any New Year’s resolutions yet? I know—they are so easy to list, yet so tough to execute. But one resolution you should seriously consider for your shop is to work on going as lean as possible, and our articles on can help you reach your goal.

Start with “Tips to Lean on for Becoming Lean.” Also read about one shop’s plan for dramatically expanding its contract machining business in high-value markets in “Going Lean in Order to Grow."

A very recent article, "A Robotic (R)evoluiton," describes one shop's approach to automation, which has led it to challenge preconceived notions about robotics.

Also, check out What Lean Looks Like and PM’s Lean Manufacturing Zone for more information.

Good luck with your resolution! Turn to PM for help along the way.