KDC & Associates Ltd.

522 S. Northwest Hwy.
Suite 8-UL
Barrington, IL 60010

Phone: 847-970-0077
Fax: 847-913-1862

www.kdcconsultants.com

Recent Content on TheFabricator.com for KDC & Associates Ltd.

Article
February 10, 2016
Process audits in manufacturing: Do as the accountants do
The fab shop is ripe territory for unexpected (and usually bad) things to occur. The best operations prevent them by doing as the accountants do. They audit regularly.
Article
January 4, 2016
Lean manufacturing in metal fabrication: How to jumpstart a stalled improvement effort
Continuous improvement initiatives often lack organizational structure and defined responsibilities. Consultant Dick Kallage describes three components needed to correct these problems and prevent continuous improvement from stalling.
Article
December 15, 2015
ISO certification in metal fabrication: Yes or no?
Is ISO 9001 certification worth it? It really depends. If key customers or prospects require it, then yes, it’s certainly worth the effort. But if a fabricator does pursue ISO certification, it shouldn’t be a one-time effort but instead a continual improvement. It isn’t just window dressing.
Article
November 4, 2015
What makes an effective quality system in manufacturing?
When designing an effective quality system, manufacturers need to consider the cost of quality (COQ), customer and industry quality demands, and their company’s specific set of value propositions.
Article
October 15, 2015
Metal fabrication management: Voices from the shop
Listening to people on the shop floor is one thing, but really hearing what they’re saying is something else entirely.
Article
September 2, 2015
The metal manufacturer and the employee survey
Employee surveys can either be an important tool for improvement or virtually useless. For surveys to be useful, they need to have a purpose and, most important, spur action.
Article
August 4, 2015
Organizational energy
To attain high organizational energy, a company’s people need to be aware of the environment in which the company operates, and have the fitness and will to improve.
Article
July 14, 2015
Technology: The ultimate moving target
How will technology advancements affect the kind of skilled worker we will need in the future? And how many skilled workers will we need? The answers to these questions are of incredible importance to metalworking and manufacturing in general
Article
June 23, 2015
How basic training in lean manufacturing establishes a common view
To ensure every employee has a common view of what’s ideal versus what needs to be improved, a few hours of basic lean training can go a long way.
Article
May 28, 2015
A modern take on accountability
The definition of accountability has evolved to mean responsibility with consequences. Ideally, entry-level and other low-level employees should have accountability over the outcomes of their work, but that accountability must be based on objectivity and fairness. Otherwise, an accountability scheme can actually weaken an organization instead of strengthening it.

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