The Phoenix Group Blog

Blending Organizational Structures For Results

July 2015

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...

Trim Scrap Analysis

June 2015


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...

Sheet Metal Lubricant Analysis

May 2015


A 1990 Taguchi Study conducted by Phoenix, along with a major stamping manufacturer, found three primary sources of variation within the stamping process.  These sources were blank...

Sheet Metal Displacement Analysis

April 2015

So much of being successful forming sheet metal products is related to seeing the 'invisible'; knowing how material moves during the forming process.  We're continually on the...

Constancy of Purpose

March 2015

William Edwards Deming (October 14, 1900 – December 20, 1993) was an American statistician, professor, author, lecturer, and consultant. He is perhaps best known for his work in Japan. There,...

Go and See

February 2015
You’ve seen street artists draw caricatures.  They exaggerate someone’s characteristics for humorous effect.  The characteristic is true, but the exaggeration creates a false impression, or at...

Where Facts Are Few, Experts Are Many.

January 2015

I was unable to uncover the origins of this quote, but it is always attributed to Author Donald R Gannon.  Donald is mystery, at least to the people at Google and Wikipedia that collect such...

Beware High Tech Sirens In Manufacturing

April 2014

Phoenix Systems is joined by an unlimited number of manufacturing experts training for statistical literacy and process control implementation. Phoenix Services, the W. Edwards Deming Institute®,...