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January 25, 2011

Is China’s Threat to US manufacturing over?

By Pat Boutier January 25, 2011

The West has lost a tremendous amount of manufacturing jobs to China over the past 30 years.

We see the results in our economy everyday illustrated by employment indicators.  In the same time period we have seen the productivity of remaining US manufacturing show increases. Still, there are many who may think that increased productivity isn’t important anymore as the China threat of low wages has neared its peak and will now even out.

Before you make up your mind, take a look at a recent article, China’s New Guru of Productivity, from last month’s Wall Street Journal. This is just one more indication to me that China and the rest of the world is still working diligently to increase their manufacturing capacity and quality.  What does that mean to remaining manufacturing within the US and to future US manufacturing?

Let me know your thoughts.

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Toyota Kata = TWI?

By Pat Boutier January 25, 2011
Cover of Mike Rother's Book "Toyota Kata"

Cover of "Toyota Kata"

I’ve been reading Mike Rother’s latest book, Toyota Kata.  It looks like it actually is describing the TWI (Training Within Industry) Methodology to a “T” !

I haven’t noticed that he has mentioned TWI in his book (remember I haven’t read the book itself, yet).

Any thoughts and comparisons?

January 11, 2011

Spreading Holiday Cheer at Neiman Marcus

By Jennifer Wilson January 11, 2011

Dr. Raul Fernandez and his TMAC team were invited to collaborate with the Neiman Marcus’ downtown Dallas Flagship visual display team for the 2010 Holiday Windows.  Located at the Automation & Robotics Research Institute at UT Arlington, the team worked on the interactive parts of the display. In 2007, the main display window featured UT Arlington robots in a futuristic display.

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