Develop Partnership Agreements to Reduce Conflict and Improve Manufacturing


PerformanceVenom. Ill will. Backstabbing. Vindictiveness. Mistrust. Betrayal. These are some of the most negative aspects of human interaction. And they are present in nearly every manufacturing organization I’ve gotten to know well.

At its core, manufacturing combines specialized machinery, specialized processes and specialized human resources to create a product. Working through the inevitable conflicts that arise as each specialty seeks to optimize their outcomes requires healthy

working relationships. These relationships take work. But too often leaders rely on worthless platitudes such as “Teamwork is important” or “There is no “I” in Team.” When conflicts rise to a feverish pitch, the leaders have to intervene. They waste time and energy restoring the dysfunction to a quieter but still destructive level.

There is a better way. Developing partnership agreements is a proven approach to reduce conflict and establish healthy work relationships. This process dives into the various relationships between functional areas and formalizes the behaviors and expectations that are required for two functional areas to work well together. Effective partnership agreements are developed in three phases:

  • Identifying a relationship between two different functional areas that isn’t working well
  • Discussing needs and desired behaviors and capturing them in a Partnership Agreement document
  • Ongoing dialogue between the two functional areas to review the agreement and discuss progress on practicing the desired behaviors..

8 Ways to Increase Productivity on the Manufacturing Floor

Regardless of the size of your business, boosting productivity is essential to enhancing gross profits and maintaining competitiveness. Productivity on the manufacturing floor depends on a combination of efficient employees, equipment and processes. Driving improvement in all of these areas involves examining the current practices in place and making adjustments to systems, employee training and even the equipment used to generate parts and components.

Before you can adopt any method for productivity improvement, you’ll need to measure your existing output levels, create a baseline and implement solutions for measuring change. Shane Strowski, president of Precision Waterjet & Laser lists the following eight steps to help you design a more productive and successful manufacturing floor for your business. (image courtesy of Armagard) 



Improve Manufacturing Productivity | 5 Keys to Killer Manufacturing

Too many manufacturing floors are hit and miss when it comes to reliability because firms are trying the same things expecting different results in an attempt to improve manufacturing productivity. Here are five things to cut out on the manufacturing floor that will improve performance…


Manufacturing floors are fraught with reliability issues. Machinery and personnel can be two key factors contributing to an unreliable manufacturing floor. However, what’s often overlooked is the role that the surrounding environment has on reducing manufacturing floor performance.

Many manufacturing floors that exist in the modern era came into existence at a time when little care was given to the impact of the surrounding environment on the manufacturing process. Manufacturing floors of yesteryear are synonymous with filth, grime, heat and humidity, it’s true of many manufacturing plants today.

While some plants have cleaned up their act, meaning their less synonymous with dust, dirt and gruelling heat, the clean-up hasn’t prevented the same challenges facing the manufacturing floor, meaning the surrounding environment still plays its part in bringing manufacturing plants to a grinding halt.



How This $28 Million Startup Hopes to Save the World With 3D Printing


Kein Czinger says he wants to completely change how cars are built, but his motivation isn’t money or fame. It’s to help humanity avoid the “suicidal direction that people are heading,” he declares.

By shaking up how cars are made, Czinger believes, the world will be saved from an impending climate disaster. And that’s where 3D printing comes in. Yes, that’s right: Some day, most cars will be manufactured using 3D printing technology, if Czinger gets his way.

But first, an aside, because you’re probably thinking, Well, how about ‘saving the world’ with something we’ve already got: electric cars?






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