How to Fix Human Error

3 min read Computers and machines have done amazing things in the manufacturing industry. They not only help to streamline processes, but also prevent a lot of mistakes and ensure things get done much more quickly. Even with all these advancements, however, there is still a great need for employees to take care of a lot of the work in any facility. For the most part, these individuals do a great job keeping the work flowing well, but …

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5S Supplies for Auto Shop

4 min read Auto repair shops are often in a perfect situation to take advantage of 5S strategies. These shops typically have a lot of different types of inventory, and perform a wide variety of different tasks each day. Since they are repairing all different makes and models of vehicle, not to mention the year, as well as fixing all sorts of things on each one, there are many places where waste can creep in. Using 5S supplies …

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How LEAN and 5S Can Improve the Productivity of Your Business

5 min read Every business is—or should be—interested in finding ways to cut costs and increase profits while still providing a quality product for its consumers. Many components of a business are essentially beyond a company’s control, so one of the only real options for a business that wants to lower its costs is to streamline its efficiency and productivity. Two excellent practices any company can use to increase its efficiency while maintaining a quality product are known …

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Six Sigma Certification Belts – Is it Worth It?

4 min read As more and more companies move toward six sigma standards, millions of individuals are evaluating whether or not they should attain their certification belts.  Companies are also looking at whether or not it is worth it to send their employees through the training necessary to earn any of the various belts.  This isn’t an easy question to answer, because you need to measure the costs (both in time and money) against the benefits that you’ll …

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Rigid vs Casual Workplace – Which is better for Productivity?

5 min read In the modern professional world, a number of large companies have traded the classic rigid work environment for a more casual atmosphere in the hopes of increasing inspiration and productivity. Employees who were once restricted by highly rigid regulations of conduct and attire have found an entirely new type of workplace appearing on the horizon. Casual and unrestrictive, this new style of work environment is tailor made to increase inspiration, motivation and ultimately productivity in …

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5S: Commit to the Process

5S takes a commitment to excellence

4 min read The idea of 5S attracts a lot of “window shoppers,” who at first glance, become excited with the idea that they can transform their organization into a clean, organized, well working machine. However, turning their excitement into execution, is often times a challenge they are not prepared for. For many organizations, the challenge or lack of enthusiasm begins to set in after the third S. Once they have cleaned up and organized their facility, they …

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I’m Hiring a Business Manager – Does Gender Matter?

3 min read Now that you’re deciding which business manager is most qualified for the leadership position in your company, you may be wondering whether it’s best to hire a man or a woman for the position. It’s obvious that men and women possess certain inherent traits that are particularly effective in certain aspects of business. However, it’s important not to assume that potential managers will or won’t be able to effectively manage the business of your company …

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What are the Six Big Losses?

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3 min read In the world of manufacturing there are several guarantees, unfortunately some are more welcome than others. The Six Big Losses are an unwelcome guest in manufacturing plants everywhere. They are the waste that robs you of productivity, opportunity, time, and money, without notice. The Six Big losses make no attempt to hide their whereabouts while providing you with hours of frustration and headache. To combat the Six Big Losses, you have to know the Six …

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Mistakes Can Be Good for Business

4 min read Mistakes can be healthy for the development of a business of any size. Mistakes can be a sign of fast movement and quick decision-making on behalf of the employees and management. The occasional honest mistake demonstrates that employees are willing to try new approaches, even when there is a potential risk for failure. However, management must be receptive to the possibility of honest mistakes made by employees, and must be willing to forgo blame or …

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Heijunka Overview

Overview of a factory at work

3 min read Toyota defines Heijunka as the overall leveling, in the production schedule , of the volume and variety of items produced in given time periods and adds that it is a pre-requisite for just-in-time delivery. The basic Japanese translation of Heijunka, is “levelization.” Why Heijunka? Production leveling, as it is also referred to is essential to any Lean facility in their pursuit to eliminate waste and improve their production efficiency. Demands frequently change and without the …

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