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Lean Equipment Management

Are you spending too much time focusing on programs and activities at the expense of results?

Equipment-intensive businesses cannot compete without reliable equipment. Improvement programs and activities often take too long and require a leap of faith. Competitive manufacturers and facilities will have to find new, innovative, and increasingly flexible ways to make their equipment more reliable to stay ahead of the competition… with fewer people than in the past. Learn more

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Work Culture: What’s the Big Deal?
When businesses make capital investments in new facilities, equipment, or technologies, they do so to achieve a return on their investment (ROI): reduced cost, better margins, new products, or improved market response. They also plan for new business and work processes to bolster and sustain that ROI. But what about changes in habits, behaviors, skill sets, and leadership in the workplace—the work culture—to assure the capital investment actually pays off in the short and long term?
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Boosting STEM and Creating New Opportunities (part 2)
High-paying jobs in installation, maintenance, and repair often go unfilled because of a lack of skills. Students who finish high school with a good STEM foundation and pursue a technical degree will almost certainly find rewarding careers. Take a look at 3M's education partnership for a leading example. (part 2 of 2)
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The Racing Theme: About Our Logo

SWS Pit Crew logoMotorsports racing provides us with many models for high-performing organizations. We have learned that championship racing teams practice many of the principles our clients strive for in modern manufacturing and maintenance, from teamwork and leadership to cost effectiveness and equipment reliability and much more. Our ongoing study of championship race teams and pit crews helps us teach our clients to improve their competitiveness and be more effective in their own races.
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