Manufacturing is Crucial
May 31, 2013
Many speakers today at the Automation Conference have called attention to the importance of manufacturing for our economy, our defense and our overall well being. One speaker struck a chord with me in properly positioning development, design and service - not as ends in themselves - but as the pre and post cursors of manufacturing. The purpose of design and development is so that we have something to manufacture and...
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Will industry accept manufacturing skill standards?
August 31, 2012
Today the Governor's office in my home state issued a report on the status of manufacturing in Pennsylvania along with a series of specific recommendations for encouraging growth in manufacturing. As has been discussed many times in this blog, the report confirmed: "the most pressing problem now and for the near-term is finding people with the education and skills to fill the high-quality manufacturing positions currently available"; and "Of equal...
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Are smartphones sending the wrong message?
July 30, 2012
Was one of your smartphone apps updated today? Hardly a day goes by that I don't have at least one app updated. One day this past week, eleven of my apps had updates. Most of these are listed as 'bug fixes'. What message are we sending to the next generation of engineers, bankers, and software developers about doing things right and complete the first time?...
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A broader view of manufacturing
May 30, 2012
I've spent almost 40 years in and around manufacturing. One thing that is becoming increasingly apparent to me is that manufacturing is viewed by many individuals and institutions in a narrow and too homogeneous way. Manufacturing is complex, requiring many differing skills, technologies, strategies and approaches. Too often, when we speak of manufacturing, we speak of only one small segment and then extrapolate experience from that segment to manufacturing as...
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My Christmas List
December 21, 2011
Today I had a long discussion with a gentleman conducting research on manufacturing and manufacturing automation. After covering a myriad of topics from the need for low cost open control systems to the negative influences of government policy on manufacturing (especially in California), he brought our discussion to a close by asking me a question; "If I could ask for any two things to improve manufacturing, what two things would...
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Get-cha vs. Got-cha Culture
December 5, 2011
In your day to day relationships, do you or your organization operate with a culture driven by a get-cha or got-cha attitude? It can make a tremendous difference in your success and effectiveness....
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|About Keith Campbell
|Leaders learn from the past while
looking to the future - and bring both to bear on the here
and now. This is the philosophy that has steered Keith Campbell's
30+ years in manufacturing. It has worked for him in operations,
maintenance, engineering, R&D, education, consulting and
professional organizations--and now he's putting it to work
for you--taking you to the edge of his thoughts on packaging