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Summary: It pays to schedule equipment replacements and to do regular preventative maintenance. You may think this is costing you production, but it isn’t. A reliability mindset is essential to your plant’s production and quality performance. In other words, you can pay now, or pay more, later. The PCB Magazine June 2012 — READ NOW


Escaping the commodity mindset and becoming more competitive and valuable starts with “us” and how we choose to treat our suppliers. Because of today’s market turbulence, we need suppliers who can perform. If it is all about price, we are going to have a supplier who doesn’t care about performance. If our suppliers do perform, then we must pay them fairly, based on […]

Reclaiming technological leadership

SUMMARY: If we want our PCB businesses to thrive, we must abandon a cost-cutting strategy, adopt a growth strategy with innovation as its cornerstone and create technological breakthroughs that cause turbulence for competitors. We must lead micro fine-line fabrication processing that approaches semiconductor scales. The PCB Magazine April 2012 — READ NOW


If you are happy just having any business at all, then you should be thinking seriously about a new business model this year. As a country, our manufacturing operations must be the best in the world to capture a second chance. A country that no longer knows how to build cannot innovate. The stakes of getting it right this time are high. […]


It isn’t the ideas and tools contained in methodologies that are bad for you; it’s using a methodology of any kind that will kill your business. If you want Lean to work, then you must not apply it as a prescription for everyone to follow, but something else. In order to get at the something else you need to make a simple choice between waiting for others to tell you what […]

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I don’t know of a single person who enjoys quality meetings. Why? Because nobody wants to be shot! Quality meetings are about hiding, fear and survival. Want to be shot? Then be the messenger that dares speak the truth. Quality meetings are a witch-hunt to find bad people. Eliminate them, set the example and voilà, no more problems! But, where are they? Hiding behind their story. Who wants […]

Gray Socks

Are you about ready to throw in the towel because you can’t compete with China? We have all heard that the labor rate in China is about $1.83/ hr, and the average labor rate in the United States is $12/ hr or more depending on the difficulty of the job and geographic location. Does this difference mean we are done with the manufacturing of PCBs in this […]