KDC & Associates Ltd.

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

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


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

March 16, 2016
Financial benchmarking in metal fabrication
The world is full of surveys these days, and some really don’t have much purpose. Others, however, can be extremely valuable. Industry benchmarking surveys, for instance, can be a vital tool for any company looking to improve. This includes the “Financial Ratios & Operational Benchmarking Survey” from FMA.
February 22, 2016
Dick Kallage, contributor to FMA and The FABRICATOR®, dies at 72
Dick Kallage, co-founder and principal of KDC & Associates, died Feb. 18. He was 72. In 2002 Kallage co-founded KDC & Associates, a Barrington,...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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


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