How to Ruin a Sawmill in One Easy Step

POST DATE: September 02, 2016

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

If you’ve read this blog for awhile, you know that my most impassioned posts are often a direct result of me receiving a sawguide sample in the mail. Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of dismal sawguides and I keep thinking I’ve seen the worst, but then I keep getting surprised. Just a few days ago, another man…
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What North American Manufacturers Can Learn from the Japanese

POST DATE: August 18, 2016

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

A few days ago, I was talking with a friend of mine who works at a subsidiary of a well-known Asian car company. My friend’s employer manufacturers components for their vehicles, and sends those parts to Japan to become part of the assembly line. My friend and I have known each other for over thirty years, an…
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Paperwork Maintenance: It’s Also as Stupid as It Sounds

POST DATE: August 09, 2016

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

Wow. The virtual ink had not yet dried on my last blog post about piecemeal maintenance when I started getting an influx of emails from readers. Clearly, many people identified with the issue about maintenance not being performed the way it should be. Most of the emails spoke from personal experience of compa…
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Piecemeal Maintenance is As Stupid As It Sounds

POST DATE: July 28, 2016

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

I was talking with an old friend recently who also works in the manufacturing industry, and has been in it almost as long as I have. Both of us remember when dirt was first invented and mass manufactured. As usual, sitting in my living room, we bantered about many industry topics. Some of them we agreed on an…
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Perished by Poor Decisions

POST DATE: July 13, 2016

AUTHOR Udo Jahn

I drove by a sawmill the other day. It closed within the last few years. I decided that I needed a break to stretch my legs so I pulled over. I stood there, looking at the empty shell of the mill that had once been a vibrant hub of activity. This made me sad for the people who once worked there and for the co…
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