During a talk at the 2008 Aberdeen Manufacturing Excellence Summit, Larry Coburn, Senior Vice President of Operations at Crown International, shares his insight into the state of manufacturing and what it takes to be successful:

“So the word accountability is a good word. Everybody uses it. It gets overused and all like that. Inside the word accountability is the word count. Now you’d be surprised how many manufacturers I go to and they’re always talking about accountability and they’re always talking all these good buzzwords, but they’re never counting anything…. ”

Crown’s results are impressive, with a 90% reduction in process cycle time for both fabricated parts and circuit board assembly.

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