These production quotes and manufacturing sayings speak to the issues and opportunities of constructing products.
From Steven Covey to Peter Drucker, we’ve highlighted insights on manufacturing that we think you’ll find valuable. And in the end, we’ve even included a few production captions.
Ten Best Manufacturing Quotes
1.) Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent.
2.) The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule but to schedule your priorities.
3.) If you need a new process and don’t install it, you pay for it without getting it.
4.) Manufacturing is finite, but human intellect is infinite. Textile is all about manufacturing, and industries like pharmaceuticals are all about human intellect.
5.) Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.
6.) There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.
Peter F. Drucker
7.) Sometimes, no problem is a sign of a different problem.
8.) Lean is about constant ticking, not occasional kicking.
9.) Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.
10.) Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.
Good Manufacturing Quotes
The more we retain our people, the less time we need to commit to recruiting new people.
Copying your competitor won’t help you beat your competitor. You need to think beyond your competitor.
Gerhard Plenert and Bill Kirchmeier
If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied.
We always need to sharpen our skills and look for new opportunities.
There can be no economy where there is no efficiency.
Never before in the history of mankind has the pace of innovation and technological acceleration been faster than it is today.
The situation the Earth is in today has been created by unmindful production and unmindful consumption. We consume to forget our worries and our anxieties. Tranquilizing ourselves with over-consumption is not the way.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Don’t spend a lot of time trying to cobble together a fully-integrated solution if the systems aren’t designed to play well together.
Why not make the work easier and more interesting so that people do not have to sweat? The Toyota style is not to create results by working hard. It is a system that says there is no limit to people’s creativity. People don’t go to Toyota to ‘work’ they go there to ‘think.’
Every production of genius must be the production of enthusiasm.
Short Manufacturing Quotes
My goal is no longer to get more done but rather to have less to do.
Don’t water your weeds.
All production is for the purpose of ultimately satisfying a consumer.
John Maynard Keynes
Focus on being productive instead of busy.
A bad system will beat a good person every time.
W. Edwards Deming
We rest our case on the production numbers.
Most of my presumptions about a production are usually wrong.
There are so many men who can figure costs and so few who can measure values.
There is no such thing as a boring project. There are only boring executions.
Manufacturing Quotes Insights
Manufacturers are wise to embrace lean manufacturing.
You must have a supplier relationship of constant improvement.
The success of a production depends on the attention paid to detail.
David O. Selznick
I’d rather have half my idea change the world than my whole idea be a journal.
Don’t mistake activity with achievement.
I have my own production house, which is doing good.
The society based on production is not productive, not creative.
An improvement is not always worth it.
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Motivational Production Quotes
Time must be converted into a product.
It’s not knowing what to do; it’s doing what you know.
Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.
Do not compromise on the quality, and your customers will not negotiate on the price.
Your own business growth and success depend on many things, and along that growth path, you are going to have to concede certain responsibilities and activities – whether for your accounting, your production, or day-to-day management.
If you don’t rock the boat, folks, guess who’s going to do it? Your competitors.
Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is doing something else.
Unless each man produces more than he receives and increases his output, there will be less for him and all the others.
Time waste differs from material waste in that there can be no salvage. The easiest of all wastes and the hardest to correct is the waste of time because wasted time does not litter the floor like wasted material.
Interesting Production Quotes
A corporation is a living organism; it has to continue to shed its skin. Methods have to change. Focus has to change. Values have to change. The sum total of those changes is transformation.
The great differentiator in business is when an organization steps out and creates value from something never tried before.
If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.
The truth is, in California, you can’t build a new manufacturing facility, and businesses are leaving in droves because of bad government policy.
No single seminar, classroom experience, or “colored belt” will provide you with bottom-line Lean results. Lean happens at the process… with your people, trained and motivated, fully engaged in the pursuit of excellence, as they follow your lead and learn to share and support your Lean Vision.
If you would ask me what my ideal process is, I would say long pre-production, long production, and long post-production.
Many people think that Lean is about cutting heads, reducing the workforce, or cutting inventory. Lean is really a growth strategy. It is about gaining market share and being prepared to enter or create new markets.
Positive Production Quotes
Outsourcing and globalization of manufacturing allow companies to reduce costs, benefit consumers with lower-cost goods and services, cause economic expansion that reduces unemployment, and increase productivity and job creation.
Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.
Vincent Van Gogh
Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
When a manufacturing company in Spain looks to IBM for a solution to a problem, they expect us to bring the best of IBM worldwide to it, not just the experience of IBM Spain.
Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.
We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are.
We are a country of artisans and a country of manufacturing. I think Japanese textile technology is the best in the world.
The rumors of the demise of the U.S. manufacturing industry are greatly exaggerated.
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks and starting on the first one.
To be competitive, we look for every opportunity to improve efficiencies and productivity while increasing quality. Lean manufacturing principles have improved our processes.
Consumption is the sole end and purpose of all production, and the interest of the producer ought to be attended to only so far as it may be necessary for promoting that of the consumer.
Additive manufacturing is not just looking at the value propositions like assembly, cost, and cycle. Now we can look at actually improving performance. Additive manufacturing is fundamentally changing what we can do. It’s not ten years away. It’s here.
All we are doing is looking at the timeline from the moment a customer gives us an order to the point we collect the cash. And we are reducing that timeline in the value stream by removing non-value-added wastes.
Taiichi Ohno (On Lean Manufacturing)
There are the manufacturing multitudes of England; they must have work and find markets for their work; if machines and the Black Country are ugly, famine would be uglier still.
There’s a lot of opportunity in the void of innovation.
The prevailing and foolish attitude is that a good manager can be a good manager anywhere, with no special knowledge of the production process he’s managing. A man with a financial background may know nothing about manufacturing, but he’s put in charge anyway.
W. Edwards Deming
Quotes about Manufacturing
Globally, manufacturing jobs are on the decline simply because productivity growth has outpaced growth in demand.
Automation is no longer just a problem for those working in manufacturing. Physical labor was replaced by robots; mental labor is going to be replaced by AI and software.
Unlike the objective of far too many companies, manufacturing is not about a quick ‘exit.’ It is centered on long-term value creation.
If you don’t understand how to run an efficient operation, new machinery will just give you new problems of operation and maintenance. The sure way to increase productivity is to better administrate man and machine.
W. Edwards Deming
The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people.
Advertising treats all products with reverence and seriousness due to sacraments.
Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) Cycle a cornerstone of continuous improvement. The Japanese term for continuous improvement is kaizen and is the process of making incremental improvements, no matter how small, and achieving the lean goal of eliminating all waste that adds cost without adding to value.
Jeffrey K. Liker
3D printing has digitized the entire manufacturing process.
Investing millions of dollars in a commercial-sized system that doesn’t work is ultimately expensive. Pilot plants are an excellent risk-mitigation strategy for process scale-up at a fraction of the investment.
John Schott P.E.
Famous Manufacturing Quotes
I do not spend my time pontificating about high-concept things; I spend my time solving engineering and manufacturing problems.
Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before.
It’s not always that we need to do more but rather that we need to focus on less.
Nathan W. Morris
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
There are three kinds of leaders. Those that tell you what to do. Those that allow you to do what you want. And Lean leaders that come down to the work and help you figure it out.
Motivational Manufacturing Quotes
If you define the problem correctly, you almost have the solution.
Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.
However beautiful the strategy is, you should occasionally look at the results.
The way we look at manufacturing is this: the U.S.’s strategy should be to skate where the puck is going, not where it is.
Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly and get on with improving your other innovations.
Mass Production Quotes
If everybody else seems to be doing it one way, there might be more opportunity the other way.
It is important to launch a mass and society-wide struggle to drastically increase the production of consumer goods.
It is extremely important to me that the social and environmental issues associated with the production of fashion clothing are addressed.
No matter how great the talent or efforts, some things just take time. You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.
Improvement usually means doing something that we have never done before.
Some companies out there quote a start of production that is substantially in advance of when customers get their cars.
No country is ever successful in the long term without a really strong and vibrant manufacturing base.
As equipment and machines are becoming more and more complex, we are asking workers to keep track of more and more data. We believe AR is the way to help workers keep up with the complexity of manufacturing operations.
There is no waste in the world that equals the waste from needless, ill-directed, and ineffective motions.
Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Sr.
The most dangerous kind of waste is the waste we do not recognize.
Manufacturing Captions for Instagram
Working mode on!
Putting perfection in my work!
Getting creative with my work.
Time to make some amazing products!
Working vibes are strong.
Got that manufacturing feeling!
Passion at its peak.
It wasn’t easy, but it’s worth it!
Together, everyone achieves.
Don’t be busy, be productive!
Today is full of possibilities!
Hard work pays off.
Don’t deliver a product; deliver an experience!
Perfect in imperfection!
Junk for you, inventory for me.
Loving my job.
There’s no substitute for hard work.
Don’t wish for it. Work for it.
Work hard in silence; let success make the noise.
By Mike O’Halloran
Mike is the founder and editor of Greeting Card Poet.
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