Wisdom From Taichi Ohno on His Birthday: Wanna Succeed at Lean Manufacturing? Destroy Preconceptions Daily
Submitted by pharmamanufacturing on Wed, 02/29/2012 - 16:40
My youngest just commented on how tough it must be to have a February 29th birthday. Indeed. As Lean expert John Shook just reminded everyone, today would have been Taiichi Ohno's birthday. Another interesting fact? The primary developer of the Toyota Production System was born in....China?
Submitted by pharmamanufacturing on Fri, 06/10/2011 - 09:59
The most popular piece of content on PharmaManufacturing.com for the past month or so has been "Pfizer Reinvents Lean in the Lab," an in-depth look at how the QA/QC labs in the company's Grange Castle, Ireland, site, have revamped and "Leaned" their work habits.
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Submitted by pharmamanufacturing on Wed, 10/27/2010 - 13:41
Cautionary tale for execs in pharma (or any industry) on the limits of "doing more with less," ignoring technical operations and focusing on financial balance sheets at the expense of quality and safety. Frontline's documentary on the BP disaster and Texas City refinery tragedy.AMS
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Submitted by pharmamanufacturing on Tue, 05/18/2010 - 17:59
Did any of you catch that recent WSJ report on the negative impact of mass layoffs? OK, I know that M&A layoffs are different, but today brought the sad news that Pfizer/Wyeth will lay off 6,000 employees and close eight of its manufacturing plants in Ireland, Puerto Rico and the U.S.
Submitted by pharmamanufacturing on Tue, 03/30/2010 - 09:56
Want to make yourself indispensible, within pharma or other industries? This just in from Quality Digest.
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Submitted by pharmamanufacturing on Fri, 02/05/2010 - 08:36
Recent postings in the WSJ blog and elsewhere have asked the troubling question: Does Lean Manufacturing, by definition, lead to quality control problems? Click here for an interesting read. (For something that doesn't require registration, click here.)
Submitted by pharmamanufacturing on Mon, 10/26/2009 - 09:15
It's quite common for drug manufacturers to borrow ideas and technologies from the automotive industry, and even to poach a few talented professionals now and then.
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Submitted by pharmamanufacturing on Wed, 10/21/2009 - 13:58
Everyone keeps talking about how the industry is on the brink of great change….it’s the death of the blockbuster….the birth of…what? The niche-buster? Personalized medicine?
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Submitted by pharmamanufacturing on Mon, 08/03/2009 - 10:09
Every so often, one gets a major reminder of the strategic importance of manufacturing and the largely invisible "CGMP set" to the drug industry and, yes, its bottom line. Former FDA chief Mark McClellan gave pharma a good one years ago with his famous "potato chips and soap flakes" comment,...
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Submitted by pharmamanufacturing on Fri, 07/24/2009 - 07:53
In a sad turning point in Toyota's history, and, perhaps the whole history of the Lean movement, Toyota plans to liquidate the Lean showcase NUMMI plant in Fremont, California "by the end of August." Read more from yesterday's story in the San Francisco Business News.