Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Make City Labs talk

This week I spent a few hours after work going through Lean tools for small manufacturers at the Make City incubator in Chicago.

We reviewed the basics of how to look for waste in a small manufacturing space and what useful tools are available to keep a production space in order. We spent some time walking through the Meliora Cleaning Products manufacturing space to answer questions about whether and how anyone "actually uses this stuff for real" (we do!)

If you'd like to set up a similar class or event at our location or yours, contact us!

Monday, December 9, 2019

Water Towers

Seth Godin's blog likes to hate on factories and physical spaces, but he still uses analogies from manufacturing and infrastructure. I enjoyed this one.

The text:

Water towers

On the top of many apartment buildings (and on a hill in many towns) you’ll find a water tower, a large wooden or metal container holding tons of water.
Why bother?
It turns out that a pump that slowly and consistently pumps water uphill is way more efficient than the high-powered, high-capacity pump you’d need to meet spikes in demand. By using gravity to assist during times of heavy load, the consistent and more efficient pump gets the job done by planning ahead.
We all need a water tower somewhere in our work