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Ensuring Your Next Kaizen Event is a Colossal Failure
Finishers all over the United States are using Kaizen events to improve efficiency and better respond to the voice of the customer. Though some are achieving their goals, many —­ if not most — are failing.
Columns Published: 3/1/2013
MATT KIRCHNER: Make it a Happy New Year
Plan around what you can expect from each month of the year.
Columns Published: 1/1/2013
To PO or Not to PO . . . that is the Question
They may be a hassle, but purchase orders save countless mistakes and unnecessary costs.
Columns Published: 12/1/2012
Quarterbacks, Power Forwards, Olympians and Benchmarking
What if there was a way to determine how we are performing financially compared with companies similar to our own? What if we could compare our results with theirs on an even playing field? What if we could determine where others are outperforming u...
Columns Published: 11/1/2012
The Coatings Rework Nightmare
How company mindset in a quandary can make or break a finishing operation.
Columns Published: 10/1/2012
Matt Kirchner: Porter’s Five Forces in the Finishing Industry
Higher barriers to entry, minimal competitive rivalry, fewer substitutes and less powerful customers and suppliers—pay heed to Porter’s Five Forces and your next expansion will more likely be a lucrative one.
Columns Published: 9/1/2012
A Fight for the Future of Finishing Shops
The driving force of changes is often a generational battle, too.
Columns Published: 7/1/2012
The Keys To World-Class Finishing
What underperforming finishers don’t know (that good ones do)
Columns Published: 6/1/2012
Redneck Jokes and Finishing
At the ECOAT 2012 Conference in Orlando, Fla., last month, we addressed the topic “What Underperforming Finishers Don’t Know (That Good Ones Do).”
Columns Published: 5/1/2012
Five Trends in Surface Finishing
Consider market and industry trends, and modify strategy to take advantage of them
Columns Published: 4/12/2012



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