Operations Excellence by Sepp Gmeiner
Sepp Gmeiner is a partner with Lignum Consulting. For feedback, questions and/or suggestions please email
Here are some keys to achieve operations excellence
Only by setting a goal, will you find a way!
How sure are you about your estimating?
Know your bottleneck and improve your scheduling
Basics first: Fit & complete
Do you have facts – or just an opinion?
Lean – Three key elements
Make or buy
How is your production doing?
Plant tours – A simple tool to learn
Where do we start?
People are your most critical resource
Pick a goal and you will find a way
Complete and fit: The starting point for productivity
Lean manufacturing: Easier, better, faster, cheaper
Lean manufacturing: It really works
Industry 4.0: Don't be left behind
Cut and drill versus nesting
Lean manufacturing: How often have you tried?
Pull vs. push
What you measure gets attention, and what gets attention will improve
Plant tours – How to read a plant
What are you going to change now?
Working in the business vs. working on the business
Fit & Complete - Productivity Improvement 101
Which product makes you money? Do you know your production cost?
How do you know you are doing a good job?
Kaikaku or Kaizen – Questions you need to answer before you change the layout
Increase customer satisfaction and reduce your cost at the same time - a win-win situation
Finishing is a complex issue and proper planning is essential
It is crucial to develop your company's knowledge base
The struggle with mass customization
Improve by asking the right questions
Industry 4.0: The Fourth Industrial Revolution
Stop doing the same thing, embrace change
Defining the right metrics for your company
The importance of process mapping
Get a huge productivity boost by working on the basics
Plant tours and how to read a plant
Solid wood waste reduction
Tech Talk by Peter Mate
Peter Mate is owner and president of Planit Canada, a software and services company devoted to servicing the manufacturing industry. For more info email
Robotic cells are the new nesting CNCs
Nothing wrong with going for the easy solution
OK, I might just be stubborn…
Choices and how one thing leads to another
The trend towards more automation, robotics is accelerating
How about a $1,000 signing bonus for fast food workers?
There is light at the end of the tunnel
What's in a name?
Start somewhere, but start
Size matters, but it's not the only thing
Having a good backup system in place is not enough
We'll always be smarter than technology
Will we see trade shows again?
Using technology to minimize human interaction
This key thing is so annoying!
No need to be a technology leader, just don't get left behind
Take good care of your most valuable resource
Stalking pizza trucks and so much more
I believe the best team is a 'mixed' team
This is not Mission Impossible
So how do you shift a company into the right habits?
Marketing is far more advanced and scientific than ever before
Guilty as charged: I love new technology
The New Year: A chance to improve your business
I hate to admit it, but I got duped
Millennials get such a bad reputation…
Are you ready for a boost?
Get ready for virtual reality
Industry 4.0: What does it mean for our industry here in Canada
New Year's resolutions? How about a technology diet plan?
Plan ahead for smooth technology implementation
Let's change the perception of our industry
Knowledge transfer is good for your business
The right technology will transform your business
Don't accept failure in ERP implementation
We thought we knew what we were getting into
Select the right mobile platform for your business
Why it is important to check ingredients
Virtual reality is coming to a project near you
Trade shows are great learning opportunities
Benchmark studies can save time and money
I've changed my mind about software training
Tools for Success by Scott Burton
Scott Burton is the sales and marketing manager for Royce//Ayr Cutting Tools. For more info email:
IWF 2022 review
Haunching application improvements
MDF cabinet door manufacturing
High shear tooling update
Optimize entry door machining with diamond tooling
Cross-laminated timber cutting challenges
Machining countertops on CNC routers
Cutting tool organization
Box stair treads
Sawing metal on a CNC router
Outdoor furniture manufacturing
Compression router options
Machining Plexiglass and Lexan
Cross laminated timber machining (CLT)
Flexible tool-holding solutions
Production recipes for success
Interchange tooling between machines
Cutting edges and component edges
Kerfing applications optimized
Hydraulic clamping evolution
Premium quality solid wood cabinet doors
On CNC router safety
Tools to add value
The Feeds and Speeds of CNC cutting tools
Use the right tools to machine dovetail joints
Diamond insert tooling
Make your MDF cabinet doors look like solid wood
A critical 'balancing act'
Time to consider the integrated tool/holder concept
WMC by Richard Lipman
Richard Lipman is president of the Wood Manufacturing Council. For more info email
Hardwood groups roll out promotion efforts
Training future woodworkers at high school
Diversity and Inclusion (Part 2) - Wood Best Practices Forum 2021
Diversity and Inclusion - Wood Best Practices Forum 2021
Standoff project comes to an end
Sustainable forest facts help answer questions
Promoting hardwoods to U.S. architects – just send photos
WMC Women's Mentorship Program
Recognizing prior learning
WMC recognizes Stan Pauls with 2020 HR Award of Distinction
Interesting U.S. research on hardwood buying decisions
Industry prominent in Ontario's new forest strategy
Experts lead wood-specific management training this fall
Time tested products support new online learning
Workplace mental health tool
Working to address industry skills and labour challenges
Environment on people's minds
Window industry adds installer certification to the mix
Supporting the big job of promoting careers
Train the trainer program – passing on key knowledge
Aboriginal programs provide many benefits
SFI – Active from forests to green building markets
Workbench (for Prior Learning)
Essential skills assessments can support in-house training
Hardwood lumber and training opportunities
Management Skills Training Program What's Inside?
Training programs respond to industry needs
North American manufacturers co-operate on environmental education
New labour market information report released
Colleges featured during teachers days
WMC's Women Mentorship Project - PART ONE: Learning about mentorship
Labour market information support solutions
WMC launches Status of Women Mentorship Project
WMC training programs launched
Be sure to take part in this important industry survey
Ottawa high school restoring a piece of Ottawa's transit history
Stakeholders' vision makes WERC work
WMC launches new Labour Market Information study
Apprenticeships good for business and workers
CKCA by Caroline Castrucci
Caroline Castrucci is CP/Owner of Laurysen Kitchens Ltd. & President of Canadian Kitchen Cabinet Association. For more info email
Connect – Learn – Prosper
It's not about us – It's about you!
Ingredients for Success – What's Your Story?
CKCA plant tours are good for business
You build quality cabinets? Prove it!
What's in a Roundtable?
Employee engagement and retention
I really do have a quality product!
Benefits and opportunities of plant tours and CKCA events
CKCA by Sandra Wood
CMP, Executive Director, CKCA
The ripple effect
You have a stake in what's at stake
What do the numbers say?
The show will go on
Tools for industry
What Now? (Part 2)
What Now? (Part 1)
Government funding for manufacturers
Do you care?
Waste – the final frontier
What are you willing to lose?
Taking care of your people takes care of your company
You can't be serious?
Expertise at your fingertips
Canadian Proud – Are you doing enough?
We have formed a new partnership
CKCA's position on labour shortage
Forest for the trees
What makes an industry thrive?
How healthy is your business?
Customer Service Tip by Jeff Mowatt
This article is based on the bestselling book, Influence with Ease by Hall of Fame business speaker, Jeff Mowatt. To obtain your own copy of his book or to inquire about engaging Jeff for your team, visit
Selling yourself short?
Your irresistible offer: Proposals that convert prospects into buyers
Three buying trends to capitalize on in 2022
Getting your foot in the door
Your irresistible offer
Six secrets to not share with customers
The humility advantage
Managing multiple customers
Stories that sell for you
Top 10 telephone turnoffs
Keeping constructive during COVID-19
30 Seconds to significant sales
Secret desires of corporate clients
How to move customers past price
AWMAC by Larry White
Larry White is the president of the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada. He can be reached at:
Partnering with Industry
AWMAC by Michelle Morrell
Michelle Morrell is the National Executive Director of the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada. She can be reached at:
How to shockproof your business from high energy costs
AWMAC 2022 National Convention in Calgary this June
An interview with an AWMAC Certified GIS Inspector
Lumber prices come down to more reasonable levels
Thank you, NAAWS Committee
Looking forward to the all-new NAAWS 4.0
Cybersecurity matters: Protecting your business from online fraud
Tips for building a good business strategy for 2021
Successfully working from home during the uncertain times of COVID-19
Managing cash flow in times of crisis
Finding wellness help during uncertain times
Staying resilient and relevant in the challenging times of COVID-19W
All this and chocolate too…
AWMAC's 2019 National Convention gives you 'the human touch'
Volunteers build excellence
Welcome to the AWMAC column
AWMAC by Mark Whitman
National Director, AWMAC Northern Alberta Chapter Secretary/Treasurer, AWMAC National
Cabinetmaking is not just woodworking anymore
WMCO by Mike Baker
Mike Baker is the Chief Executive Officer of the Wood Manufacturing Cluster of Ontario. He can be reached at:
Industry clustering: Collaboration takes flight
Industry clustering: Actions and results
Success through cluster ecosystems: Our industry's future
Culture change: Our wood industry revolution
Industry cluster countries lead the pack on GDP
Collaboration: The key to our industry's future success
Clusters around the world
Introducing the Wood Manufacturing Cluster of Ontario
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