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May 6, 2017

Continuous Flow manufacturing – The Future of Pharmaceuticals? Definitely!

Yesterdays’  ISPE Ireland seminar on ‘Continuous Manufacturing-The Future of Pharmaceuticals?’ at Fota Island Resort in Cork gave some food for thought to the sold-out audience. A panel of eminent speakers from Ely Lilly, Pfizer and…

March 27, 2017

WHY COMPETITIVENESS MATTERS: NCC Bulletin 31 March 2016

And still the dance goes on, as we await white smoke from Dail Eireann. Despite the dithering of politicians, the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) continues its good work. The NCC was established by government in…

February 27, 2017

We try to focus on the customer more than on the competition

So says WalMart’s CEO Adi Ignatius, in a recent HBR interview. At $485.9 billion USD in 2016, WalMart is the world’s largest company by revenue. Adi, appointed as CEO in 2014, may just be worth listening…

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January 13, 2020

Small Changes, Big Difference

Once more the people at Fastcap are showing us how to foster operator-led lean improvements.  Experience 2-second Lean like you’ve never seen before. Lukas explains to Paul Akers how he shaved the process of making…

January 6, 2020

Tech tip: Hypothesis Testing

Does all that stuff about the null hypothesis and significance levels leave you cold? This dinky little video from the Khan Academy might just be the enlightenment you are seeking. 

January 6, 2020

Discovering Shingo

The 2017 book, Discover Excellence: An Overview of the Shingo Model and Its Guiding Principles, provides an introduction to the Shingo Model and prepares the reader for a deeper dive into the Shingo Guiding Principles. Readers will learn the…

December 20, 2019

Using Lean Six Sigma To Reduce Emergency Waiting Times

The lean six sigma approach to improving customer service and reducing variation can apply equally to manufacturing processes (e.g. in automotive and chemical plants), service process (e.g. in finance and insurance corporations) and healthcare processes…