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What? Flush Cut Pliers and Guitars

FastCap is all about innovation, thinking lean, and turning ideas into reality. Some of the best ideas, however, come from professional woodworkers and customers who have first-hand experience with our products. When Taylor Guitars first began, I was privileged enough to help build the first 2,000 guitars for the company alongside Bob Taylor himself. Not only did I learn a great deal about wood working skills, but he also realized that great ideas come from those who are knowledgeable within their field of expertise. Watch this video to hear more about my personal experience with Bob Taylor and the creation of the Flush Cut Trimmer. Check out the End Nippers on the FastCap web site.

If you are a woodworker and have a great idea, send it in to paul@fastcap.com. FastCap pays up to five percent royalty and we will manufacture, market, and sell your idea all over the world. This is our way of saying, “Thank you!”

Lean Battery Holder

Andrey demonstrates how to make a battery holder for the job site and home shop.

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Japan Trip

Paul Akers shows us where they are on their tour of Japan.

Paul and Jon travel to Japan in search of Lean best practices.

Eating Sushi at a fish market in Osaka 🙂

Now Reading – ‘Ready, Fire, Aim’

I am now reading an amazing book by Michael Masterson titled Ready Fire Aim.

Amazon’s description of this book – “Whether you’re thinking about starting a new business or growing an existing one, Ready, Fire, Aim has what you need to succeed in your entrepreneurial endeavors. In it, self-made multimillionaire and bestselling author Masterson shares the knowledge he has gained from creating and expanding numerous businesses and outlines a focused strategy for guiding a small business through the four stages of entrepreneurial growth. Along the way, Masterson teaches you the different skills needed in order to excel in this dynamic environment.”

For my personal review of the book listen to my audio summary.

Lean conversation with Dr. Mora of Group Health

Paul has a conversation with Dr. Mora of Group Health about Lean in the workplace.

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Mike Meyers

Paul introduces Mike Meyers as national sales manager. Welcome Mike!

Dr. Wei Tours FastCap

Paul Akers interviews Dr. Wei after a tour of the FastCap factory. They discuss the application of Lean in the health care industry.

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Shop Tips

Paul Akers introduces Shop Tips on the FastCap website. For more information about Shop Tips visit the FastCap website.

FastCap is Finalist for Business of the Year

We just found out yesterday that FastCap is one of just four companies in the state to be named a finalist in the Washington 2011 Manufacturer of the Year awards by Seattle Business Magazine. This is an exciting announcement. The honor will be announced May 27 in Seattle.

Standing is Powerful Lean Initiative

This article from Health.Yahoo.com links well with why standing is so powerful in our lean initiatives.

The Most Dangerous Thing You’ll Do All Day

By Bill Phillips and the Editors of Men’s Health

We stand around a lot here at Men’s Health. In fact, a few of us don’t even have office chairs. Instead, we write, edit, and answer e-mails—a lot of e-mails—while standing in front of our computers. All day long. Why?

It all started last summer, when Assistant Editor Maria Masters came across a shocking study in the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (one of dozens of research journals we comb each month as we put together the magazine). Scientists at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana analyzed the lifestyles of more than 17,000 men and women over about 13 years, and found that people who sit for most of the day are 54 percent more likely to die of heart attacks.

That’s right—I said 54 percent!

Masters immediately called the lead researcher at Pennington, a professor named Peter Katzmarzyk. Turns out, this wasn’t the first study to link sitting and heart disease. Similar research actually dates back to 1953, when British researchers found that (sitting) bus drivers were twice as likely to die of heart attacks as (standing) trolley operators.

Read the complete article.