Corey Brown

Corey Brown

With a background in technical writing and engineering, Corey leads content and research efforts for Dozuki; providing helpful information and insights for industry professionals.

Recent posts by Corey Brown

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How To Cross-Train Your Workforce

By Corey Brown

Cross-training is an essential component of any successful manufacturing company. The flexibility it creates enables your operations to continue regardless of what operators are on the line. Cross-training adds more skills to the factory floor and enables companies to better leverage the skills of its workforce. It also gives expert workers the opportunity to mentor new employees and pass along valuable knowledge.

Topics: Workforce Training
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Is the U.S. Headed for a Manufacturing Boom?

By Corey Brown

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 ThomasNet, "COVID-19 Impact on North American Manufacturing," two out of three manufacturers are looking to re-shore as production begins to pick back up. This may lead to a domestic manufacturing boom here in the United States, as companies revaluate their supply chain.

Topics: Industry News
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What is Tribal Knowledge?

By Corey Brown

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 organization? How do I capture tribal knowledge?

Topics: Workforce Training
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Breaking Down the Skills Gap: Training

By Corey Brown

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 consequence of the skills gap. 

Topics: Workforce Training
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How to Reduce Changeover Time with Standard Work Instructions

By Corey Brown

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 time can increase output, reduce inventory/WIP, and improve responsiveness to customer demand.

Topics: Standard Work Work Instructions
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What's Wrong with Standard Work?

By Corey Brown

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

Topics: Standard Work
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Lean Manufacturing Lessons From Wikipedia

By Corey Brown

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. 

Topics: Continuous Improvement
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Free Standard Operating Procedure & Work Instruction Templates

By Corey Brown

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

Topics: Standard Work Work Instructions
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How On-the-Job Training is Hurting Manufacturing

By Corey Brown

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.

Topics: Workforce Training
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What is Standard Work?

By Corey Brown

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

Topics: Continuous Improvement Standard Work
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A Lesson in Lean Manufacturing From the North Pole

By Corey Brown

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 one of his clients; providing immense value. He is also able to accomplish this with minimal waste and able to adapt to shifting demands of the market, every, single year.

Topics: Continuous Improvement
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Lean Thinking vs. Cost Cutting with James Womack

By Corey Brown

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 with lean thinking. To better understand the relationships between costs, waste, and value, we sat down with one of the foremost experts of lean, Dr. James Womack, to discuss the foundational elements of what makes lean thinking, lean.

Topics: Continuous Improvement Book Club Series
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How to Create a Culture of Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

By Corey Brown

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 that experienced employees are relied on more often than not. These are your go-to people, the rainmakers, the skilled superstars of your business. When you have a problem, they have the skills and experience to step to the challenge.

Topics: Continuous Improvement
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4 Signs Your Work Instructions Need an Upgrade

By Corey Brown

Knowing when to make the transition to a better documentation tool is a tough question to answer. The short answer is there is no short answer. In Industry 4.0, a strategic approach to any digital transformation project will need to consider:

Topics: Digital Transformation Work Instructions
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What Chipotle Taught Us About Training Standards

By Corey Brown

What Chipotle Taught Us About Training Standards

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 scares has caused customers to lose trust and stock prices to fall. The missing ingredient?

Topics: Workforce Training
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Electronic Work Instructions in Industry 4.0

By Corey Brown

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 digital systems can improve your manufacturing operations.

Topics: Digital Transformation Work Instructions
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7 Stats in Celebration of Manufacturing Day 2018

By Corey Brown

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 highlight contributions manufacturing has made over history, and upcoming industry challenges.

Topics: Industry News Workforce Training
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Book Club: "Leading Change"

By Corey Brown

Topics: Continuous Improvement Book Club Series Digital Transformation
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Kaizen and Standardization with Dr. Robert Maurer

By Corey Brown

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 standardization in improving processes and creating an efficient culture of continuous improvement.

Topics: Continuous Improvement Standard Work Book Club Series
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Lean, Six Sigma, and Quality Management Systems

By Corey Brown

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

Topics: Continuous Improvement Quality