• Does your organization support a culture of insanity?

    By Joe Torrago on January 17, 2017

    What is the definition of insanity, at least from business perspective?  It is doing the same things repeatedly, expecting different results.  Many organizations on a Lean journey believe they can...

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  • What Does MAMTC Know About Making Our Product?

    By Joe Torrago on November 29, 2016

    From time to time, when we are with manufacturers in Kansas, we are asked what we know about making the types of products they produce. The answer quite simply is probably nothing. You heard me right...

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  • Can I Afford to Work with MAMTC?

    By Joe Torrago on November 15, 2016

    This is a question I believe many clients ask themselves or discuss among themselves. However, they very rarely ask us directly. If and when they do, I would answer as follows. The short answer is...

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  • How To Make Manufacturing Sexy....Again

    By Joe Torrago on October 24, 2016

    I recently attended a Kansas City Manufacturing Network event where the guest speaker was Karen Linder, author of the book "How Can We Make Manufacturing Sexy". Karin is the founder and owner of...

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  • How Do I Increase the Value of My Company?

    By Joe Torrago on September 30, 2016

    This is a question asked by owners, CEO's and presidents of small and medium sized manufacturing companies. This is especially true of those companies either in the midst of or considering a...

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  • The Internet of Things

    By Joe Torrago on September 22, 2016

    Here is a quick quiz. Which of these things are real and currently available? A medicine bottle that not only alerts you to take your dose on schedule, but also can request a refill with a...

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  • New Overtime Rules In Kansas

    By Joe Torrago on September 8, 2016

    You may not be aware of the new rules regarding overtime pay that will be in effect as of December 1st, 2016. Here are a few basics from the Department of Labor website to get you up to speed:...

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  • Typewriter

    Process vs. Technology in Productivity

    By Joe Torrago on August 26, 2016

    For readers who don't recognize the item in the photo, this is a manual typewriter. For those that do recognize it, not only do I have a sense of your age, but I'm guessing it brings back some type...

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  • Networking Works Both Ways

    By Joe Torrago on August 15, 2016

    In 2013, I found myself out of a job and having to career search for the first time in nearly 25 years.  Fortunately, I was able to work with a local area out-placement agency and oh boy, did I ever...

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  • Supply Chain World Series

    By Joe Torrago on August 2, 2016

    I love sports analogies, especially when it comes to business. I bring this up because, and this is a true story, I recently was involved in a living example of a sports analogy in the business world...

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