Powerful Performance Measures (Best Business Practice Guide)

An executive primer to performance measures that drive improvement

Every organization has its favorite metrics - measurements that gauge control, progress, and success.  At a world-class organization, these measures serve as a common "performance language" that links corporate strategy, divisional goals, plant targets, departmental budgets, and individual incentives into a unified, results-oriented system.  But at a mediocre or failing organization, these measures usually turn into management babble and confusion - reams of records and disjointed findings tracked simply because "that's what we've always done."  Metrics at these organizations become straitjackets - restraints that actually waste resources, aggravate employees, and block improvement.

Strategic Asset Management: Getting More Out of Less (Best Business Practice Guide)

Lower risk, reduce costs, improve performance and gain agility.

Regardless of where a manufacturer competes in today's global economy, two factors underlie its strategy: A relentless push to reduce costs and an equally relentless focus on customers' current and future needs. Savvy manufacturing leaders are increasingly turning to optimized machine performance to manage both pressures - and to boost profits. The bottom line? Strategic management of machinery assets is now a must for manufacturers in a highly competitive, often-unpredictable global economy.

Capacity Optimization (Best Business Practice Guide)

A manufacturer’s guide for getting the most out of equipment, people, and processes

The ability to squeeze every ounce of productivity from existing operations can mean thousands of dollars in savings. Yet many companies still confuse productivity with increased output – forgetting that profitable productivity not only increases margins but prevents costly overproduction. Savvy manufacturers focus instead on capacity optimization – the ability to efficiently produce exactly what’s needed, when it’s needed, without costly buildups of unwanted inventories.

The Sweet Smell of Success

Food and drink are as close to Italy’s heart as beautiful clothes and fast cars. Italian food styles have a big influence on American culture.

‘Wake up and smell the coffee’ may be a forceful invitation to get acquainted with reality but is there any more evocative smell than real coffee, made from freshly-ground beans? Just thinking about it can bring a smile to one’s face. Percolators have been around a while and the steady plop-plop as they go through their process is a familiar sound – but all it does is feed your impatience. If you want a good cup of coffee, you want it now, not in half an hour!

The latest trend for the impatient is the cafetiere. It has the virtue of delivering coffee quickly but it uses a lot of raw material and it doesn’t really deliver the aroma that’s part of the whole experience. For a proper cup of real coffee, you need a proper espresso machine – as coffee bars, restaurants and homes across the country have found. Nothing else provides the experience and the quality of the real thing.