How to Fix Human Error

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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Faster – 10 Tips to Increase Your Productivity

Everyone knows that there are only 24 hours in a day, and it is impossible to get any more added on. When thinking about increasing production in a facility, this means you must always think first about how to become more productive, rather than just trying to get people to work more hours. Improved productivity is a great way to eliminate waste in facilities, and get the added production that you need for the company. …

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What are the Six Big Losses?

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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

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

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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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Theory of Constraints: Part 3

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A major focus within the Theory of Constraints is on increasing sales, rather than cutting costs. To keep the focus on sales, implementers of the process use an accounting method known as Throughput Accounting. The following is the third entry in a series of posts that explore the Theory of Constraints and it’s methodology. Part one of the Theory of Constraints series, offered a broad overview of the process, defined constraints, and provided a simple …

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Untapped Resource: Employee Experience

While there are many factors that can cause a business to be successful, employee experience is probably one of the primary things which helps a company grow and expand. Although defined broadly, employee experience is essentially the familiarity with a business acquired by an employee whose time spent within the company has engendered a profound understanding of things like company products, services, policies, rules, and regulations. By learning more about how employee experience can benefit …

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Theory of Constraints: Part 2

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The following is the second entry into a series of ongoing posts that explores the Theory of Constraints and it’s methodology. Part one in the Theory of Constraints series gave a broad overview of the process, defined constraints, and offered a simple breakdown of the Five Focusing Steps. Part two will now expand on the Thinking Process behind the Theory of Constraints. The Theory of Constraints Thinking Process Like Lean, the Theory of Constraints takes …

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Theory of Constraints: Part 1

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The Theory of Constraints is a popular methodology for organizational change and improvement that was first conceptualized by Dr. Eliyahu Goldratt and introduced through his bestselling novel, The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement. The Theory of Constraints popularity grew quickly and is now a very popular methodology among many organizations. It’s growth and popularity has driven many to compare it to another improvement methodology that is also very popular –Lean. This is the first in a …

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Failure is a Matter of Perspective


It’s nearly impossible to live your life without experiencing some form of failure. At some point if your life, you have more than likely failed at something. You can try to live cautiously and do only what’s necessary to avoid the risk of failure, but in the world of Lean, that is failure. To be great you have to take chances, you have to think outside of the box and be willing to accept the …

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