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DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - PRODUCT WATCH - Jane War­wick

Tom Peters, au­thor of In Search of Ex­cel­lence, one of the big­gest selling busi­ness books ever, said that al­most all qual­ity im­prove­ment comes via sim­pli­fi­ca­tion of de­sign, man­u­fac­tur­ing... lay­out, pro­cesses, and pro­ce­dures.

It is easy to get caught up in hype and trends but some­times it is best to just sit back and ob­serve for a while. All too of­ten it be­comes clear that it is re­ally the sim­ple stuff that counts, es­pe­cially if you are a small busi­ness, be­cause some­times that new thought and tech­nol­ogy will sim­ply over­whelm your needs and ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Per­haps you just have to op­er­ate smarter, keep things sim­pler. A re­port in

The Economist talked about busi­nesses in the USA bring­ing their man­u­fac­tur­ing back on­shore af­ter re­al­is­ing that once freight, pa­per­work, taxes and other gov­ern­men­tal fees were added, the cost of man­u­fac­tur­ing at home was only about 10% more ex­pen­sive than off­shore. By sharp­en­ing up and sim­pli­fy­ing pro­ce­dures and keep­ing staff ed­u­cated, that 10 per­cent could be pared back in many cases.

So while it is smart prac­tice to keep an eye on the new trends, think it through. You could be bet­ter off than you re­alise.

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