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Manufacturing Doesn’t Have A Hiring Problem, It Has A Retention Problem

10 min read

Consider two pieces of recent industry data:

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Continuous Improvement

Firefighting In Manufacturing

11 min read

Why It Happens, What It Costs, and How To Stop It Firefighting is a burning issue in manufacturing. Not only are facilities dealing with safety measures like flammable...

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Training

How to Deliver People Centric Manufacturing Training

3 min read

“The supervisor is the customer of the training.” When Vitalii Potapenko of Solar Plastics first shared these words with us, we knew their company was doing something special...

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Frontline Digital Transformation

Frontline Of The Future, Part 3

5 min read

Accessibility Creates Profitability Manufacturers that don’t provide broad access to essential knowledge are at a significant deficit.  This form of content debt comes at a...

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Work Instructions

The Cardinal Rule of Process Documentation: Read the Comments

5 min read

  We’re told the cardinal rule of the internet is, “Never read the comments.”  This catchphrase is used to warn users of the toxic parts of the internet. One minute you’re...

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Frontline Digital Transformation

Frontline of the Future, Part 2

6 min read

Digitizing Your Processes Do you have a process for process? Or are disconnected paper systems preventing valuable efficiency gains?

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Workforce

The Cost of Losing Frontline Employees

9 min read

Here's How To Avoid Paying It Employee retention is as important (if not more important) than hiring workers.

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Workforce

A New Model For Manufacturing Hiring

14 min read

Constraint, Currency & Clarity What invention had the most profound impact on manufacturing hiring?

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Featured

Frontline of the Future: Part 1

8 min read

Historical Forces Impacting Manufacturing At Dozuki, we have our finger on the pulse of manufacturing trends. 

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Podcast

How to Tackle Hiring By Recruiting Student Athletes To Man The Line

36 min read

Factories are fighting to fill open roles.

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Training

How To Accelerate Frontline Learning With TWI

38 min read

Frontline supervisors are not educated as teachers or coaches. The good news is, they can learn that skill.  Most training programs focus on training operators, and we have...

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Frontline Digital Transformation

4 Ways Digital Tools Improve Quality

9 min read

Twenty years ago, digital tools were “a thing.” Now they flow through all things. To some degree, every manufacturer is now a digital company. And with the right modern...

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Frontline Digital Transformation

The Myth of Augmented Reality in Manufacturing

14 min read

Do you remember Glass? Not the epic 2019 finale to the superhero trilogy with evil genius Samuel Jackson. I’m referring to Google’s failed launch of their smart glasses.

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Work Instructions

The Cost of Bad Work Instructions

10 min read

Bad work instructions are the norm.  Documentation is often created to check a box for audit or compliance purposes.  But once completed, those work instructions get trapped...

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Best Methods to Reduce Human Error in Manufacturing

27 min read

In manufacturing, many factors need to be balanced and aligned for companies to be successful. And one of those factors includes the combination of humans and machines...

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Benefits of Procedures & Work Instructions in Manufacturing

24 min read

Ah, the lingo of business. If there’s one thing that the world of business and industry loves, it’s terminology.

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What Makes a Good Digital Work Instruction Software?

30 min read

When Bob Dylan sang the lyrics, “the times they are a-changin’,” he probably never envisioned what the world would look like just six short decades later. The rise of digital...

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Best Practices of Food Manufacturing Hygiene Standards

30 min read

Food manufacturing companies have a responsibility to their customers to maintain high-quality control measures and hygiene standards. These practices are necessary to ensure...

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5 Ways to Fix the Skills Gap on the Factory Floor

7 min read

Properly addressing the skills gap takes time. But before you start forming an internal task force or scheduling strategy meetings, consider what impact you can have on the...

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5 Ways To Improve Quality Control in Manufacturing

22 min read

In manufacturing, quality is everything. Businesses need to focus on creating products that are high quality enough to meet or exceed the customer's needs if they want to be...

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Frontline Digital Transformation

How To Hire the Best Employees for Manufacturing

26 min read

Employees are the backbone of any company. Nowhere is this more true than the manufacturing industry.

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Podcast

Solving Modern Workforce Challenges in Food & Beverage Manufacturing

2 min read

In the midst of unprecedented market demands and supply chain issues, the most innovative food & beverage manufacturers are finding new, creative ways to support an efficient...

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How To Reduce Defects in Manufacturing in 2022

24 min read

Product defects are a pain at any manufacturing company. When all the time, energy, and money that is spent to produce a product is wasted due to defects in the final...

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Best Practices On How To Retain Factory Workers

30 min read

Manufacturing companies rely on workers to be the frontline of production. And while companies across all sectors struggle to recover from a labor crisis perpetuated in part...

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Effective Ways To Reduce Employee Training Costs In Manufacturing

29 min read

If you have a business that includes the use of employees, one of the first and most important tasks you must fund is training. This is true of all industries, but companies...

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Podcast

How to Find Support Investing in Manufacturing Technology

4 min read

Manufacturing companies are all interested in improving technology on the factory floor but often lack the resources or know-how to get started. This week we speak with Ron...

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How to Effectively Train New Employees at Factories

33 min read

In the manufacturing industry, effectively training new and current employees is the backbone of production.

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6 Common Manufacturing Facility Hazards & Effective Solutions

20 min read

Manufacturing facilities serve an important function in a country’s economy, as they create jobs, increase wealth through added value and taxes, promote trade, and support...

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Podcast

How to Manage Mobile Devices on the Factory Floor

5 min read

Tablets and smartphones can transform your industrial operations. This week we are joined by Jacob Rattray, Operational Technology Specialist from 3M. 

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Continuous Improvement

How To Increase Productivity in Manufacturing

19 min read

There are several ways to define productivity depending on the context. In terms of manufacturing, productivity relates to the speed at which quality work is performed....

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Continuous Improvement

Gemba Walk Template for Digital Transformation

7 min read

Gemba Walks are an essential tool to understand the challenges of your manufacturing frontline. Each manufacturing facility is unique. The best way to solve your unique...

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Training

7 Best Practices in Manufacturing Training for Employees

15 min read

Training employees is a surefire way to improve productivity and efficiency within manufacturing. As the company grows and expands, its employees must also grow with it,...

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Podcast

How to Get Started with Automation in Manufacturing

4 min read

Automation can benefit all industrial operations, from large to small manufacturers, by streamlining repetitive or dangerous tasks while adding valuable skills to your...

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Training

Using Digital Tools as a Recruitment Tool in Manufacturing

7 min read

Manufacturers are being squeezed in both directions these days. Demand for products is outpacing their ability to secure raw materials for production, and they don’t have...

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Continuous Improvement

How the Best Plant Managers Solve Production Challenges

6 min read

As a manufacturing plant manager, meeting production targets, reducing downtime, and filling empty roles are all ongoing goals. The best plant managers know that these goals...

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Frontline Digital Transformation

What is Frontline Digital Transformation?

6 min read

Manufacturing leaders agree that adopting digital technology is essential to future success.

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Podcast

6 Shocking Stats for Manufacturing Leaders

7 min read

After years of research, our show producer, Corey Brown, shares some fascinating statistics that will shock many leaders in the manufacturing industry. In this special...

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Continuous Improvement

How to Improve Performance with Preventative Maintenance

42 min read

Equipment failure is a known evil in the manufacturing world. But unplanned downtime carries a significant cost and hurts overall performance. This week Brian sits down with...

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Product

Recent Mobile App Updates

5 min read

Dozuki is a frontline work training platform for industrial companies who depend on operators to meet production standards.

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Continuous Improvement

How to Scale Technology Across Manufacturing Operations with 3M

42 min read

Most manufacturing companies don't have people dedicated to evaluating and deploying modern tools. At best, IT or HR takes responsibility for new technology and doesn't have...

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How to Communicate Change with the Frontline Workforce

9 min read

People are the most overlooked aspect of digital transformation —

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Training

Career Progression in the Manufacturing Industry

52 min read

Today's manufacturing facilities are clean and modern workplaces that offer a variety of unique and exciting career opportunities. Join our conversation with Joe Renaud from...

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Frontline Digital Transformation

Top Challenges Impacting the Frontline Workforce

5 min read

Even with advancements in technology and automation, the frontline workforce remains essential to modern manufacturing operations. In fact, 72% of factory work is still...

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Training

Using Standards to Empower the Frontline Workforce

57 min read

Chad Nelson is a Lean Six-Sigma Operations Manager at 3M and has a wealth of knowledge about standardized work and engaging frontline workers with improvement efforts.

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Training

How to Manage Change on the Plant Floor

40 min read

Change management is a crucial part of any digital transformation or improvement efforts on the plant floor. But how do you deal with stubborn employees or older workers that...

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Industry News

Dozuki Secures Strategic Investment from Marlin Equity Partners

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Demand-side challenges accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic are driving adoption of frontline-focused training platforms in manufacturing. --We are pleased to announce a...

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Training

Digital Technology Trends in Manufacturing

41 min read

In the past, manufacturing technology was focused on improving equipment and tools. Now, the industry is shifting its priorities towards workforce enablement. How will the...

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Insights from the Field: Training is More Than Onboarding

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I was recently on a trip to visit a manufacturing facility for one of our clients. My connecting flight didn’t arrive on time, which delayed my arrival and put me on a tight...

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Training

ISO 9001 Certification is Easier Than You Think

51 min read

Is audit anxiety holding your company back from ISO 9001 compliance? While it may seem like a daunting task, many businesses are closer to certification (and...

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Training

Adapting Training to Meet the Needs of the Modern Manufacturer

47 min read

Manufacturers are faced with a much different workforce than they've traditionally dealt with. Previous generations had more foundational knowledge, incoming generations need...

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Podcast

How to Attract and Retain a Qualified Manufacturing Workforce

36 min read

Welcome to the first episode of The Voices of Manufacturing! Join us in conversation with Jim Vinoski, a Forbes Author who specializes in all things manufacturing.

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Frontline Digital Transformation

5 Ways to Get Wifi on the Factory Floor

6 min read

Here’s the reality, many industrial environments lack wireless internet. It’s not for a lack of trying. However, there are real, pragmatic reasons that some companies can’t...

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Training

Why HR Shouldn't Manage Your Technical Skills Training

6 min read

Amid the Silver Tsunami, HR departments are hustling to onboard and fill personnel gaps, but they can’t predict the evolving demands of your operations.

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Frontline Digital Transformation

Where is Your Implicit Knowledge Hiding?

5 min read

Implicit (tacit) knowledge is difficult to communicate and often remains isolated in the heads of employees. However, this accumulation of operational skills and insights has...

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Industry News

Top Podcasts for Manufacturing Professionals

7 min read

The podcast space is growing rapidly and the shows for manufacturing and industrial professionals are no exception. Podcasts in this genre can range from broad industry...

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Training

Why Sharepoint Fails at Knowledge Management

5 min read

Many industrial businesses rely on generic document management tools, like Microsoft Sharepoint, to store and share files.

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Training

Document Management Vs. Knowledge Management

4 min read

Understanding the distinction between document management and knowledge management is vital to operational excellence. While the terms can sometimes be used interchangeably,...

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Training

The Missing Piece of Your Digital Transformation Strategy

2 min read

Unprecedented. There probably isn’t a better word to describe 2020 as a whole.

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Industry News

How Smart Factories are Impacting Productivity

5 min read

Deloitte research suggests that "smart factory" initiatives have yielded an average of 10-12% increase in labor productivity gains. Despite this success, a majority of...

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Preparing Your Workforce for the Silver Tsunami

7 min read

Manufacturing businesses need a succession plan. Not for people, but for knowledge.

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Work Instructions

Why Your Work Instructions Need Quality Checklists

4 min read

Quality checklists or inspections are a routine part of production. While they are a crucial part of quality management and control, checklists only catch errors, rather than...

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Work Instructions

How to Get ISO 9001 Certified with Dozuki

6 min read

As the most commonly used standard for quality management systems (QMS), the ISO 9001:2015 standard implements a preventative, risk-based approach that puts documentation at...

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Training

How to Write Better Lockout/Tagout Procedures

7 min read

Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) procedures are some of the most common in industrial and manufacturing environments. Despite this, failure to adequately train employees on LOTO...

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Industry News

How Digital Tools Enable Rapid Communication for Manufacturing

6 min read

The ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic has forced companies of all types to rapidly update policies and procedures governing how they share information in response to a world...

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Training

How to Capture Expert Knowledge Before it's Lost

6 min read

It’s no secret. Manufacturers are coping with a massive wave of retirements. With over a quarter of the workforce over the age of 55, many workers are leaving their jobs with...

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4 Indirect Ways to Improve Safety on the Plant Floor

5 min read

Safety managers have a multitude of safety strategies to protect the health and safety of their workforce.  From PPE guidelines, LOTO programs, fire exit signage, the list is...

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Top Challenges for Food & Beverage Manufacturers

5 min read

Food and beverage companies are among the most resilient and adaptive businesses in the world. With inherent health and safety risks, volatility of perishables, and strict...

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Work Instructions

How to Get More Out of Your Work Instructions

6 min read

When leveraged properly, standardized work instructions can transform operational efficiency, quality management, employee performance, and more. 

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Success Stories

How 3M Continues to Innovate During COVID

4 min read

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, 3M has been integral in maintaining domestic and international supplies of essential PPE. These production and supply chain challenges required...

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Frontline Digital Transformation

OSHA's Recommended Strategies for Improving Safety Programs

5 min read

Workforce safety is non-negotiable for any industrial business. When mistakes can cause serious harm or bring operations to a halt, companies can’t afford to take safety...

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Product

How to Use Dozuki for Work Instructions

7 min read

Dozuki is the leading digital work instruction tool for industrial businesses all over the world. Our platform enables better employee performance by improving how you...

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How To Choose Industrial Tablets for Manufacturing

1 min read

Investing in technology is a key part of any company's digital transformation strategy. It's impossible to hit digital goals without the right hardware — and software — to...

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Frontline Digital Transformation

6 Strategies to Maximize Worker Safety

7 min read

In industrial companies, workplace safety is the #1 driver behind many key decisions. Not only is safety essential for protecting workers, it’s also essential for consistent...

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Frontline Digital Transformation

Free COVID-19 Workplace Signage

1 min read

Whether your team is on site, or working remotely, we know that your time is taxed by demanding workloads and new safety procedures. In an effort to take one task off your...

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Training

How To Cross-Train Your Workforce

5 min read

Cross-training is an essential component of any successful manufacturing company. The flexibility it creates enables your operations to continue regardless of what operators...

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Industry News

Is the U.S. Headed for a Manufacturing Boom?

2 min read

While many industrial businesses are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, good news for U.S. manufacturers may be on the horizon. In the recent April industry report by...

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Training

What is Tribal Knowledge?

5 min read

Many industrial businesses have heard of the dangers of relying on tribal knowledge. But what exactly does tribal knowledge mean? How does tribal knowledge impact my...

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Industry News

Practical COVID-19 Tips for Manufacturing

5 min read

We are hearing a lot of great advice from our audience and customers about how to keep manufacturing and industrial operations running smoothly in the midst of a global...

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Training

Breaking Down the Skills Gap: Tribal Knowledge

7 min read

As the skills gap widens and more employees retire, decades of experience and company investment is predicted to walk out the door. With nearly ten thousand people turning...

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Training

Breaking Down the Skills Gap: Training

6 min read

Manufacturing Institute estimated that 2.4 million job openings in manufacturing—accounting for half of all open positions—will go unfilled between 2018 and 2028 as a direct...

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Training

Breaking Down the Skills Gap: Recruiting & Retirement

4 min read

For those in the manufacturing and industrial sector, what’s commonly known as the skills gap is a well-documented issue. As a growing number of Americans retire, they take...

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Standard Work

How to Reduce Changeover Time with Standard Work Instructions

8 min read

Many manufacturers see reducing changeover time as a golden opportunity to improve operational efficiency and reduce waste. For good reason, a simple reduction in changeover...

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Industry News

Dozuki Collaborates with 3M to Connect Factory Workers and Digital Transformation Strategies

3 min read

Today we are happy to announce our collaboration with 3M, through an investment by 3M Ventures, to bring our standard work and work instruction training software to...

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Standard Work

What's Wrong with Standard Work?

8 min read

66% of companies fail in their attempts at Standard Work.

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Continuous Improvement

Lean Manufacturing Lessons From Wikipedia

5 min read

When Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, was interviewed on NPR’s “How I Built This,” he revealed a valuable insight  — sharing and improving knowledge is hard work. 

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Standard Work

Free Standard Operating Procedure & Work Instruction Templates

4 min read

Standard operating procedure (SOP) and work instruction templates help standardize processes and present information consistently. We’ve seen thousands of examples of these...

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Success Stories

Insights from the Field: Can Tribal Knowledge Actually Work?

3 min read

Recently, I had a chance to visit one of our larger manufacturing clients. Of the many insights gained on that trip, one stood above the rest — tribal knowledge used to...

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Continuous Improvement

Manage Workforce Training with Dozuki Courses

4 min read

At Dozuki, we’ve made it our mission to make Standard Work an industry standard.  We envision documented standards and worker knowledge continuously improving alongside one...

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Training

How On-the-Job Training is Hurting Manufacturing

4 min read

While on-the-job training is practical for certain applications, manufacturers rely on it too heavily as a method for on-boarding and training employees.

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Frontline Digital Transformation

Software Support and Your Digital Transformation Strategy

6 min read

After thousands of discussions with manufacturing companies, it’s clear to me that the industry is suffering. Due to outdated notions of the software industry, manufacturers...

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Product

How to Reduce Tribal Knowledge and Downtime with Dozuki Answers

6 min read

The conveyor belt on line one stopped running and production came to a halt. It was the second time in a week that this happened. The maintenance team and engineers spend the...

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List-Based Post [Blogging Blueprint]

2 min read

INTRODUCTION: The list post is one of the most popular and readable blog formats on the web. It is composed of -- you guessed it -- a list, and includes short explanatory...

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Continuous Improvement

What is Standard Work?

6 min read

Lean operations and manufacturers have used Standard Work for decades, yet many companies lack clarity when it comes to this fundamental lean methodology.

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Continuous Improvement

A Lesson in Lean Manufacturing From the North Pole

4 min read

If Santa Claus ran a toy company, he’d have the best lean manufacturing operations in the industry. A lean analysis shows that he delivers custom tailored products to every...

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Continuous Improvement

Lean Thinking vs. Cost Cutting with James Womack

5 min read

When properly applied, lean manufacturing principles cut costs by reducing waste and focusing on value. But many companies make the vital mistake of confusing cost cutting...

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Continuous Improvement

How to Create a Culture of Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

7 min read

If a proper culture of knowledge sharing is in place, the skills that experienced employees possess can be leveraged to improve your business and culture. Every manager knows...

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Work Instructions

4 Signs Your Work Instructions Need an Upgrade

6 min read

Knowing when to make the transition to a better documentation tool is a tough question to answer. The short answer is that there is no short answer. In Industry 4.0, a...

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Training

What Chipotle Taught Us About Training Standards

6 min read

Chipotle, the Mexican food chain, has been in the spotlight recently for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, not all coverage has been “good press.” A string of food safety...

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Visit us at AME International 2018

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Dozuki will be exhibiting at the AME San Diego International Conference. The event takes place from October 29 - November 1 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, CA.

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Work Instructions

Electronic Work Instructions in Industry 4.0

5 min read

How do electronic work instructions factor into Industry 4.0 and your digital transformation strategy? With advancements in technology, it’s time to reevaluate how these...

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Industry News

7 Stats in Celebration of Manufacturing Day

2 min read

In the past, we put together a dream team of manufacturing icons and their contributions. In celebration of Manufacturing Day 2018, we’d like to share key statistics to...

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Product

Release Update: October 2018

5 min read

Our product team is always making improvements to the Dozuki work instruction platform. Take a look at the highlights from the previous quarter (July to September 2018) to...

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Catch us at the 2018 Assembly Show

1 min read

Dozuki is back in Chicago for the 2018 Assembly Show. The event takes place from October 23 - 25 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.

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Continuous Improvement

How to Establish a Lean Culture in 4 Steps

5 min read

An effective lean culture aims to reduce waste and inefficiency while improving the value delivered to customers. The lean organization is a model that’s been historically...

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Continuous Improvement

Book Club: "Leading Change"

10 min read

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Continuous Improvement

Kaizen and Standardization with Dr. Robert Maurer

7 min read

We spoke with Dr. Robert Maurer, author of “Spirit of Kaizen,” a leading expert in the field of psychology and organizational change, about Kaizen and the role of...

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Visit us at IMTS 2018

1 min read

Dozuki will be exhibiting at the 2018 International Manufacturing & Technology Show (IMTS). The event takes place from September 10 - 15 at the McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.

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Continuous Improvement

Lean, Six Sigma, and Quality Management Systems

4 min read

Six Sigma, Lean, and Quality Management are distinct approaches to reducing waste, defects, and providing value to the customer.

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Product

Announcing Local Hosting from Dozuki

1 min read

Today, we are proud to announce the official launch of Dozuki OnPrem. Host Dozuki on your local servers, meet ITAR and FDA CFR compliance, and maintain full control over...

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Standard Work

11 Benefits of Standard Work

5 min read

Taiichi Ohno, a founder of the Toyota Production System (TPS), had this to say about Standard Work, “without standards, there can be no Kaizen.” As the foundation for all...

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Continuous Improvement

Understanding Value Streams with Karen Martin

6 min read

Employee on-boarding is often overlooked in the business world. We spoke with Karen Martin, author of "Value Stream Mapping" about why all supportive processes are equally...

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Product

Release Update: July 2018

14 min read

Our product team is always making improvements to the Dozuki platform. Take a look at the highlights from the previous quarter (April to June 2018) to see the latest updates.

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Work Instructions

10 Quality Quotes by W. Edwards Deming

1 min read

Implementing and sustaining quality in your organization is no small feat. However, as the U.S. discovered when Japanese companies like Toyota used Deming's lessons to...

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Continuous Improvement

Book Club: “The Joy of Lean”

6 min read

The Dozuki book club is your go-to place for industry books and resources. Our team curates knowledge from industry experts, letting you identify key takeaways and start...

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Industry News

The Manufacturing Skills Gap is an Opportunity

4 min read

There is a pending manufacturing skills gap impacting the United States workforce. Millions of positions are expected to go unfilled in the coming years, with reports...

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Standard Work

Inside the Mind of an ISO Auditor

5 min read

Getting inside the mind of an ISO 9001 auditor is crucial to a successful ISO audit. Think of it like a gift — even the best of presents can be unappealing when wrapped in...

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Continuous Improvement

Embracing Waste in a Lean Culture

6 min read

These days, waste gets a bad rap. ‘Eliminating waste’ is such a common phrase among lean and six sigma practitioners, the two words are practically inseparable. The problem...

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Training

What to Look for in QMS Software

5 min read

Traditional quality management system (QMS) software does exactly what it’s supposed to do. Like file cabinets for the digital world, they organize and control your company...

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Continuous Improvement

Book Club: “The Machine That Changed the World”

7 min read

The Dozuki book club is your go-to place for industry books and resources. Our team curates knowledge from industry experts, letting you identify key takeaways and start...

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Standard Work

In Conversation with John Allwood

6 min read

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Manufacturing & Technology Show

1 min read

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Catch Us at the Food Safety Summit

1 min read

The Dozuki team will be at the 20th annual Food Safety Summit, May 7 - 10 at the Donald  Stephens Convention in Rosemont, IL.

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World Conference on Quality and Improvement

1 min read

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Product

Release Update: April 2018

7 min read

Our product team is always making improvements to the Dozuki platform. Take a look at the highlights from the previous quarter (January to March 2018) to see the latest...

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Meet Us at Hannover Messe 2018

1 min read

Dozuki is proud to be an exhibitor at this year's Hannover Messe, the world’s leading trade show for Industrial technology.

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Continuous Improvement

Book Club: "Value Stream Mapping" (part 2)

6 min read

The Dozuki book club is your go-to place for industry books and resources. Our team curates knowledge from industry experts, letting you identify key takeaways and start...

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Standard Work

Vienna Sausage: A Story of Standards and Tribal Knowledge

4 min read

Imagine that you lost the ability to make your key product. What if your core revenue driver was suddenly different... And you didn't know why. We recently came across a ...

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Standard Work

How to Perform a Time Observation

5 min read

Without Standard Work, documented processes are often not used, or so out of date, that following them could become problematic. Standard Work is the foundation for any...

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Work Instructions

Key Differences Between ISO 9001:2015 and 2008

4 min read

ISO 9001 is the world’s most commonly used standard for quality management systems (QMS). 

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Standard Work

Top 10 Shigeo Shingo Quotes on Lean Manufacturing

1 min read

Shigeo Singo: The Ambassador of Lean Shigeo Shingo was an industry leader of Lean manufacturing principles and philosophies. Originally brought on by Toyota to update their...

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Continuous Improvement

Navigating Processes: Standard Work vs. Work Instructions

4 min read

The manufacturing industry is a professional arena with an overwhelming variety of industry terms and acronyms. We’ve tried to make a list of the most common Lean terms...

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Continuous Improvement

Book Club: "Value Stream Mapping" (Part 1)

9 min read

The Dozuki book club is your go-to place for industry books and resources. Our team curates knowledge from industry experts, letting you identify key takeaways and start...

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Continuous Improvement

Why Standard Work is a Contradiction

4 min read

We recently wrote a popular article about a major mistake at a nuclear waste facility. In short, we cited poor standard revision processes as the root cause of the mistake,...

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Continuous Improvement

Implementing Continuous Improvement with Dozuki

3 min read

Is your company interested in reaping the benefits of continuous improvement (transparency, efficiency, cost reductions, etc.) but aren't sure where to begin? Dozuki has you...

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Standard Work

What Caused the False Missile Alert in Hawaii

5 min read

Apparently, it was a simple mistake that caused the false missile alert to be sent to phones across the state of Hawaii. And while citizens were still recovering from the...

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Continuous Improvement

Continuous Improvement Culture: How Software Can & Can't Help

6 min read

Fostering a culture of continuous improvement is a complex challenge that varies across industries. In the digital age, software solutions are starting to have a real impact...

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Product

Hidden Waste: The Unseen Inefficiency in Shop Travelers

4 min read

Travelers and build books are intimately related, however, with traditional methods they often function independently.

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Continuous Improvement

Top 10 Lean Manufacturing Quotes from Henry Ford

1 min read

Henry Ford was a very quotable man. His timeless insights range from practical business tips to clairvoyant-esque predictions about the dairy industry.

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Continuous Improvement

5 Reasons Continuous Improvement Teams Fail

4 min read

In identifying what makes a continuous improvement team successful, it’s most helpful to look at where they fail. Anyone can retroactively attribute key factors to success,...

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Continuous Improvement

Book Club: "The Spirit of Kaizen"

12 min read

About the Dozuki Book Club: Your go-to place for industry books and resources. Our team works hard to curate knowledge from industry experts, letting you quickly identify key...

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Continuous Improvement

The Ultimate Lean Glossary

5 min read

The world of Lean Manufacturing is full of acronyms and industry buzzwords. No glossary could encompass the full breadth of terminology, but it’s always helpful to have a...

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Continuous Improvement

Top 10 Taiichi Ohno Quotes

1 min read

Wise quotes can inspire. Insightful sayings have the power to spark change and foster a culture of creativity and quality.

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Standard Work

Got Standards? The Million Dollar Grammar Mistake

6 min read

Maine based Oakhurst Dairy was recently sued by a handful of truck drivers seeking more than four years worth of overtime pay—but the suit wasn’t about milk distribution at...

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Standard Work

Skip the Busy Work and Focus on Improving

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Whether you’re implementing new software or a new machine on the factory floor, continuous improvement projects take time to get set up before they, well…improve things.

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Training

Deadly Instructions: Using Visuals to Train Safely

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In 2016 OSHA reported 2.8 million workplace injuries, with 440,000 of them occurring in the manufacturing industry alone. For manufacturers, that means for every 100 workers,...

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Work Instructions

An Idiom a Day Keeps Good Work Instructions at Bay

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Many of us know Amelia Bedelia from our childhood (or parenthood) as the goofy maid who is constantly misunderstanding directions. For those who aren’t familiar, Amelia is a...

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Training

5 Technical Writing Mistakes to Avoid

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Here at Dozuki, we see a lot of technical documents. In all of this written work, we inevitably come across some mistakes. But hey, pobody’s nerfect. That said, when you see...

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Work Instructions

How Dover Artificial Lift Achieved ISO Certification

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As part of our mission to bring manufacturing excellence and standards to our audience, we are proud to announce our educational webinar highlighting the journey to ISO...

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Standard Work

Millennials, Vinyls, and Documentation

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Vinyl is in the midst of a comeback. Perhaps it’s due to the unpredictable whims of Millennial trends. Or, perhaps it’s the byproduct of a digital backlash from consumers...

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Training

18 Books for Better Employee Training

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Books are a great way to learn new techniques to train and connect with your employees.

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Success Stories

Patagonia's Journey to Train Their Customers

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For years, Patagonia has set a high standard for product lifespan with their Ironclad Guarantee and unparalleled customer service. They’ve been providing free repair services...

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Standard Work

Lean Startups Need to Start Documenting to Scale

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For startups that have begun to establish themselves as a sustainable business, growing pains are only a matter of time.

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Standard Work

How Sloppy Revision Control Cost WIPP Half a Billion Dollars

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In 2014 a nuclear Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, NM was the victim of poor revision control practices that lead to a half-billion dollar mistake; shutting...

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Product

APIs: Making Your Software Work For You

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Product

Feature Spotlight: Prerequisite Guides

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Product

FDA Compliance: Why Paper-Based Documents Won't Work for Long

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Modern documentation practices are becoming increasingly essential to achieving FDA compliance with the recent updates in the FDA’s approach to safety. While the importance...

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Continuous Improvement

Upgrading Processes with Continuous Improvement

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Many companies implement formal versions of Lean or Agile methods, but others have grown with the flexibility that continuous improvement provides, giving them the freedom to...

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Product

Spring 2017 Product Release Webinar

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Work Instructions

5 Instant Benefits of Digital Work Instructions

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Unlike other digital transformation projects, making the simple switch from paper-based work instructions, SOPs, and other documentation to digital work instructions provides...

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Product

Feature Spotlight: Photo Markup and Special Bullets

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Here at Dozuki, we emphasize the importance of creating visual work instructions, because we believe visual is always better.

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Product

Industry 4.0 Is Here, Are You Ready?

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Historically, internal systems for work instructions have been used solely for distributing procedures, with entirely separate systems for data collection and reporting....

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Continuous Improvement

Continuous Improvement for Writing: How Better Technical Writing Increases Efficiency

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When you regard continuous improvement as a mindset, rather than just a procedural practice, you realize it has a much wider set of applications. For most of us, it’s clear...

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Product

Release Update: January 2017

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Training

How to Write a Great User Manual in 12 Steps

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A great user manual educates people about a product, while also teaching them how to use product features effectively. As an author, your ultimate goal is comprehension—you...

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Product

Release Update: November 2016

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Release Update: October 2016

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Training

What McDonald’s Can Teach Us About Training

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Many years ago while managing the final inspection, packaging and shipping areas of a production plant, I was looking for a person to promote to line leader. I was having a...

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Industry News

The Manufacturing Dream Team

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As we were plotting our celebration for 2016's Manufacturing Day, the Dozuki team got into a few squabbles about who the 'best manufacturing mind of all time' would be. (...

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Work Instructions

The True Cost of Paper-Based Documentation

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Paper is viewed as a necessity in the workplace.

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Product

Release Update: September 2016

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Continuous Improvement

A Quick 5 Step Guide to Lean Product Development

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In the fast-paced world of product research and development, lean methodology can help reduce waste and shorten delivery times. This guide outlines five quick steps to bring...

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Product

Release Update: August 2016

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Release Update: July 2016

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Release Update: June 2016

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Release Update: May 2016

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Release Update: April 2016

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Release Update: March 2016

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Release Update: February 2016

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Release Update: January 2016

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Release Update: December 2015

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Product

Microsoft to Drop IE 9 & 10 Support

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Release Update: November 2015

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Release Update: October 2015

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Industry News

Give Your Manufacturing Company a Boost

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Whether you’re in aerospace or automotive, medical device or dairy—it’s important that your manufacturing company grows while keeping up with the latest innovations. In honor...

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Product

Release Update: September 2015

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Success Stories

Clear Guides for Complex Procedures

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Who is Improve International? Founded in 1998, Improve International recognizes that education—even for the most accomplished, professional veterinarians—doesn’t end when...

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Product

Release Update: August 2015

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Product

Release Update: July 2015

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Standard Work

Electronic Work Instructions for Field Technicians

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Product

Release Update: June 2015

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Release Update: May 2015

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Release Update: April 2015

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Release Update: March 2015

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Release Update: February 2015

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Release Update: January 2015

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Work Instructions

Visual Instructions for Better Communication

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A technician is asked to write instructions for his company’s most frequently performed processes. Pulling out his laptop, he starts to document a procedure as he does it. He...

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Product

Release Update: December 2014

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Release Update: November 2014

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Release Update: October 2014

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Release Update: September 2014

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