Woodworking Techniques and Advice

Power point: How to harness 3-phase motors

b_h_davisSooner or later, most small-shop owners will find a great bargain on a machine only to discover that it has a 3-phase motor. Since 3-phase power is typically found in industrial settings, many of these shops will only have a single-phase electrical service coming into their buildings. While sometimes the simplest solution is to just replace the motor, that is not always a reasonable option. In this article, I will discuss other ways to bring 3-phase machines online.

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Employees need to see the future clearly

ralph_bagnallThe last in our four-part series on lean manufacturing focuses  on getting your workers to buy into a cost-effective shop floor strategy.

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Sort through chaos with single batches

ralph_bagnallThis is the third in a four-part series on lean manufacturing for custom shops. Part 1 covered the importance of a clean and organized shop; Part 2 focused on identifying common tasks. Part 4 will explain how to get employees to “buy in” to lean manufacturing techniques.

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Lean techniques start with traffic flow

ralph_bagnallThis is a four-part series on lean manufacturing for custom shops. Part 1 covered the importance of a clean and organized shop. Part 3 will cover proper batch sizing, while Part 4 will focus on getting employees to “buy in” to the techniques.

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Custom shops can harness lean processes

ralph_bagnallMost of us have heard of lean manufacturing. We have read the articles in praise of Toyota and Ford and many other manufacturers that improved the quality and efficiency of their operations. We have heard experts using terms such as “Kaizen,” “Kanban,” and “Heijunka” and wondered if they were just making stuff up.

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