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Operational Excellence by DesignSM
Issue: 3March 2013

Operational Excellence is when the efforts throughout the organization are in a state of alignment for achieving its strategies and where the corporate culture is committed to the continuous and deliberate improvement of company performance AND the circumstances of those who work there –  to pursue ‘Operational Excellence by Design‘ and not by coincidence.”
-Joseph F Paris Jr; Chairman, XONITEK® Group of Companies
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Innovation Insight: 3-D Printing

By Joseph Paris; Chairman, XONITEK Group of Companies


I have lived in an age where technology advances have been rather amazing and certainly life-changing for the vast majority of persons on the planet.  I have witnessed: the birth of manned space-flight culminating with sending men to the moon and returning safely back to Earth; trans/inter-continental flights becoming routine; the birth of the personal computer and computer networking; the internet becoming a ubiquitous utility which one cannot easily thrive without; the coming of age of the mobile-phone – culminating (thus far) with the smartphone and the 24/7 connectivity that came along with it (for better or for worse – is up to you).

However, with each emergence of a new technology, the “hype” that follows rarely lives-up to the reality.  In most cases, the technology follows the path of reasoning (or dialectic) of Thesis, Antithesis, and Synthesis – also known as the “Hegelian Dialectic” after the 19th Century German Philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. Hence, having witnessed such repeated real-life examples of this dialectic time and time again, I am not a person who impresses easily – especially when it comes to technology.


Take, for instance, space-flight. When Neil Armstrong aboard Apollo-11 first exited the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM) “Eagle” and set foot on the moon on July 21st, 1969, the world went abuzz with plans of building colonies on the moon and even mars. The talked of travel becoming as routine as going to the grocery store for milk.  Of course, the reality did not live-up to the expectation.


Print it Yourself (In 3-D)

By Victor Urbach

You’ve heard it again and again: manufacturing is dead in America. What once made us a great nation has either moved offshore or rusted away. And with that wide-ranging loss in productive capacity, our national economy began its long, painful, sad descent…

At least it seemed that way to a lot of folks.

In reality, a new manufacturing paradigm is emerging; we are now at the very earliest stages of it. It’s an exciting time: essentially, the equivalent of being present and engaged when the information age took root in the early 1980’s. Very few of us could envision what would evolve from the development of the first (crude) personal computers, the fledgling Internet, and later, the ubiquity of mobile devices, smartphones, tablets, etc.

ERP Optimization for Lean Excellence

By Dan Marino

Companies today must do business in a fiercely competitive global environment. In order to be a significant player in this arena, organizations must employ new technologies and techniques at a velocity that may challenge the very fiber of a company. They will be required to establish seamless integration from their customers, internally into manufacturing and out to their suppliers. In other words, the integration must wholly link all of the finite elements comprising the total supply chain.

The ability to adapt to change in the way they plan, manage and operate will set apart the winners from the losers. This will require a sharp focus on achieving excellence in all areas of the business. Company leaders will need to develop a strong bond across the value chain to achieve this high standard of excellence.

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Trinity DeMars – Editor & Director of Operations 



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