Management by measurement

When was the last time you evaluated your managers’ contributions to the bottom line?   Every time a recession rolls around, the cuts start at the...

Fresh talent

Canada’s immigrants:Education, drive and creativity Canadian realtors are saying prices and sales of luxury homes are at an all-time high. Canadian manufacturers of high-end custom...

Modular design

Simplify, standardize, think modular -- For greater product diversity, better margins and new markets The words modular design, and platform-based product development, frequently appear in...

Software addresses real-life variables

Tracking distortion New Swedish research attacks the huge data issues in trying to analyze distortion during drying for laminated, engineered wood products. In order to...

Lockout / tag-out

Your company’s first line of defence against worker injury  In 2004, a millwright in Hearst, Ont., was adjusting belts and a tray on a loader/press/unloader...

Are options worth the money?

Sliding table saw test Even when you know you need a specific type of machine to either replace current production machinery or to expand or...

The Training Challenge

There are only two things you need to know to be a plumber,” an old-timer once told me. “Sewage runs downhill and payday is...