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 Smart Factories are Impacting Productivity

By Corey Brown

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 manufacturers are still hesitant to move forward. On average, the industry only sees an increase of 0.7% in labor productivity each year. This represents a lack of investment in workforce performance and new technologies.

Early smart factory adopters reap twice as many benefits—reporting a 20% increase in labor productivity. 

Topics: Digital Transformation Industry News
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Preparing Your Workforce for the Silver Tsunami

By Corey Brown

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

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Why Your Work Instructions Need Quality Checklists

By Corey Brown

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 preventing them.

Instead of reacting to mistakes, consider taking a proactive approach to quality management. This allows you to focus on preventative measures and boost employee performance.

Topics: Quality Work Instructions
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How to Get ISO 9001 Certified with Dozuki

By Corey Brown

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 the core of quality management. Dozuki allows you to improve quality standards and meet ISO requirements through visual procedures, better training, and streamlined communication.

Topics: Quality
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How to Write Better Lockout/Tagout Procedures

By Corey Brown

Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) procedures are some of the most common in industrial and manufacturing environments. Despite this, failure to adequately train employees on LOTO procedures continues to be one of OSHA's top 10 most frequently cited violations during federal inspections.

Topics: Workforce Training Work Instructions Safety
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How Digital Tools Enable Rapid Communication for Manufacturing

By Corey Brown

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 that is constantly changing around them. For the manufacturing sector in particular, their workforce is more spread out than it has ever been.

Topics: Industry News
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How to Capture Expert Knowledge Before it's Lost

By Corey Brown

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 a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Topics: Workforce Training
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Top Challenges for Food & Beverage Manufacturers

By Corey Brown

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 compliance regulations, these companies understand how to maintain high standards and adapt to the challenges ahead.

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How to Get More Out of Your Work Instructions

By Corey Brown

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

Topics: Digital Transformation Work Instructions
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How 3M Continues to Innovate During COVID

By Corey Brown

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 innovation in order to train new employees faster and leverage a culture of continuous improvement.

Topics: Customer Stories Industry News
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OSHA's Recommended Strategies for Improving Safety Programs

By Corey Brown

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 lightly.

Topics: Safety
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How to Use Dozuki for Work Instructions

By Corey Brown

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 create, control, and communicate procedures.

Topics: Product Work Instructions
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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
3 min read

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