The Phoenix Group Articles

Sheet Metal Lubricant Analysis

Introduction 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 size/shape, blank location and lubrication. 0.. Read More

Sheet Metal Displacement Analysis

mac software download 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 lookout for tools that provide the average tool and0.. Read More

Constancy of Purpose

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, from 1950 onward, he taught top management how to improve0.. Read More

Go and See

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 least a distorted perception.  In this environment, this0.. Read More

Where Facts Are Few, Experts Are Many.

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 information.  Regardless of my ignorance on these matters,0.. Read More

Beware High Tech Sirens In Manufacturing

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®, and Harbour Consulting are three such organizations,0.. Read More

Gap between knowing and doing, part 2

I want to share an email from my friend Pat Lencioni. Pat, founder of The Table Group, has written several great books. Here Pat explores examples of companies and leaders that fail to act on what they know: Read More

The gap between knowing and doing

You’ve paid for training. Your team members have read a variety of management books on all of the latest processes. Your recruitment has landed highly credentialed talent. Read More