Reducing Lead Time in Manufacturing

When a customer places and order, they will typically want to get what they purchased as soon as possible. The amount of time between the moment when the order is placed, and the moment when the order is shipped out to the customer, is called lead time. Finding ways to reduce lead time in manufacturing is very important as it will allow you to service your customers better. This reduction in lead time can also …

Read more

Understanding 5S in the Workplace

Sweeping in a warehouse

5S is a very popular way that companies can improve the way that things are organized in the workplace. The goal is to improve efficiency, eliminate waste, and generally benefit the way that things are run. 5S is most commonly used in manufacturing and warehousing organizations, but it can provide real benefits in just about any industry. Understanding the concepts behind 5S will help your organization to recognize the benefits it can provide and implement …

Read more

Gemba: Managing From Where Production Takes Place

Warehouse leader with crew

There are hundreds of different management strategies that are used in businesses throughout the world. When you need to really get to the heart of how work is done, and make improvements on existing processes, the concept of Gemba is something that needs to be considered. Gemba is a term and concept that comes from Japan but has since been adopted by companies throughout the world. The term Gemba means ‘the actual place’ and is …

Read more

What is a Kaizen event?

Kaizen events, sometimes referred to as “Rapid Improvement Events” or “Kaizen Blitzes,” take place over a short period of time, usually a week or less. A Kaizen event is an action where the end result is to improve an existing process. A Kaizen event is a short-term effort to implement small, company wide improvements. A Kaizen event should include training, analysis, design, and reconfiguring. It is not unusual for a Kaizen event to last anywhere …

Read more

5S Audit Checklist for the Factory

workers recording a 5S audit

The 5S Audit Checklist helps to assess the organization standards of the office or the factory. This audit or score is generally based on the frequency, cleanliness, knowledge skills or level, strength of housekeeping, standardization degree, tagging frequency, and system approach of the organization; it is key to sustaining your 5S efforts. The 5S Audit Checklist for Factory is quick and takes only 7 minutes for completion. Auditing Factory – Step Wise Process The primary …

Read more

5th Lean Continuous Impovement Series for Manufacturers


We were very heartened to see that good educational opportunities continue for those manufacturing firms that are concerned about and dedicated to the practice of Lean Continuous Improvement. The 5th installment of the series offered by IMEC and Kishwaukee College proved itself to be a success and a good recurring example of how progress, interest and finally examples of the 5S philosophies are being created through this great forum. IMEC considers itself to be an …

Read more

Decluttering Your Workspace With 5S

Decluttering Your Workspace is important

Lean, Kaizen and 5S are not just for manufacturers 5S can create some hard divides between those who love and appreciate the peace and calm that order bring and those who, while not necessarily “loving” chaos and disorder, still feel more at home amidst piles of paper, missing tools such as staplers and rulers, etc. The following video is an example of how many employees might feel when the corporate leadership decides that everyone must …

Read more

Kaizen Event Implementation – The Manual


Kaizen Events and how to implement them Because Kaizen is usually an event in itself, discussing the meaning and implementation of kaizen in a business setting, this book is both aptly titled as well as targeted. Making the kaizen event even more “kaizen-like” in it’s makeup is the direction of this writing by Geoffrey L. Mika. The 292-page book begins with the history of kaizen, laying an impressive foundation and understanding of the roots of …

Read more

Ways To Improve A Product

Ways to improve a product with Kaizen

Ways to Improve a Product | Inside Intercom Source: Kaizen (??) is the philosophy of continuous improvement. Web businesses searching to find product market fit all follow some variation of Kaizen whether they know it or not.  Shipping code doesn’t mean that you’re improving … Adding New Features New features expand the scope of the product, often making a big marketing splash, getting a version bump, and resulting in some press releases. Often the …

Read more

Lean Office – Tour a ‘real lean’ office (version 2)

This is a great case study on how an office environment can be influenced by the Lean philosophy. View a ‘real’ example of an office that operates with end-to-end flow. The people at Duggan Associates do a good job of showing us how applicable lean can be in an office environment, where, as they show, the “product” is actually the capture and transfer of the information they handle for clients and themselves. This is an …

Read more