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Optimizing Your Processes: How Consulting Services Create Lasting Change

The goal of engaging with a process optimization consulting service is to drive lasting change. This won’t happen if the measures implemented by the organization are inadequate. Temporary improvement will not drive the long-term change needed to0.. Read More
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4 Pitfalls to Avoid When Working Toward ISO 9001/IATF 16949 Compliance

If you’re in the automotive industry, chances are by now you’ve heard of IATF 16949. This is something that’s on everyone in the automotive supply chain’s mind as we move closer to the October 2017 transition deadline. This deadline is when0.. Read More
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Introduction to Advanced High Strength Steels (AHSS)

What are Advanced High Strength Steels? Advanced high strength steels (AHSS) are stronger and more complex than the mild steels being used today. Understanding how these steels react during the forming process helps stamping and component0.. Read More
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Producing Quality vs. Quantity: Is The Argument Dead?

In the manufacturing sector, for many years, we have heard the debate over quality vs. quantity.  It usually sounds something like this: “The boss has to decide what he wants, make the numbers or make sure the product meets quality requirements –0.. Read More
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The Phoenix Group Welcomes Professor Menachem Kimchi

The Phoenix Group has worked for many years with Professor Menachem Kimchi from The Ohio State University on the development of welding / joining principles and guidelines for the auto industry.  We are now pleased to announce that Professor Kimchi0.. Read More
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Blank Variation Analysis

Description As an input to the forming process, we strive to understand the impact of specific blank size and shape variables on the current forming output. Alternatively, this analysis tool can be used as an output measure of a blanking operation.0.. Read More
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Managing Through Processes

You are dedicated to being successful.  You know your department's processes 'inside and out'.  You should, after all, you designed these processes to address challenges or opportunities as they revealed themselves over time.  You're not the first0.. Read More
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Blending Organizational Structures For Results

The difference between problem solving and process execution is significant, each benefiting from a specific approach to organizing the workforce.  Here Bill Shinskey explores the notion of blending organizational structure to improve corporate0.. Read More
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Trim Scrap Analysis

adobe cs6 download Introduction Down the scrap chute it goes, exactly as planned.  But the skilled Tool and Die professional can learn many things if given the opportunity to view engineered scrap trimmed off a draw shell.  Die gauging, blank size,0.. Read More