Hey Manufacturers: Start Reducing Waste

Manufacturers that wish to remain competitive are seeking ways to reduce costs and increase overall efficiency. The concept of lean manufacturing is proving to be highly effective in reducing waste. Focusing attention on the elimination of waste as a means of better operation involves five basic principles. 5 Principles of Lean Manufacturing Sorting – Categorize things so that each step is clearly defined. Order – Organize things into a specific order. Daily Maintenance – Watch …

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A Creative Mind is A Productive Mind

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As each day comes and goes we often find ourselves just going through the motions as a means to get through them. We wake up, go to work, come home, and repeat. It’s a cycle that’s tough to break and while it may seem robotic from the outside, to you it’s just another day. Unfortunately, these types of mental slumps all but shut down our ability to spark creativity. One of the biggest factors in …

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A Few Tools for Continuous Improvement

six big losses

In this day and age, it seems like everybody has a problem designed for continuous improvement. Most companies look to pick one approach while others create programs that use their best ideas and the best of various other programs. Regardless of what kind of program you want to use, there always seems to be another problem to try and tackle, for which the basics can be necessary. Enhancing the protocols and processes of your business …

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Jidoka: The Other Pillar

Jidoka Pillar

If you were building a house and neglected to build the foundation first, chances are your home would crumble before long. Much can be said about Jidoka and the Toyota Production System (TPS). In fact, if we were to construct the TPS into a two pillar home, jidoka would be one of the pillars, with just-in-time (JIT) being the other. The home needs both pillars to stand tall and give the rest of the pieces …

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Lean’s Endless Pursuit of Perfection

Lean, like most continuous improvement strategies, is constantly looking to eliminate problems and improve the way things are done. The lean philosophy has a focus on eliminating waste and defects, and regardless of the type of company lean is used in, this is an endless task. No matter how efficient a facility becomes, there will always be places where there can be further improvement. Perfection is not something which can actually be attained by humans, …

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8 Keys to Designing a Lean Facility

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Coming up with the best design for your Lean facility is a task like no other. It’s takes more than skills and expertise to design a facility, especially one that emphasizes Lean philosophies. To construct a proper Lean layout, one must also add creativity to their skills and expertise to have success. It’s not a task for just anyone to take on, but sticking the these eight keys will help you get through your journey …

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Value Stream Mapping 101

Value Stream Mapping

Value stream mapping is considered one of the most powerful visual tools in Lean. Regardless of the type of work you do, they can be an extremely useful part of your work and help eliminate waste, in areas you never knew waste existed. What is a Value Stream? A commonly used and basic definition of a value stream is as follows: All the steps, both value adding and non-value adding required to take a product …

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Safety and Productivity Works Together

Workplace safety and productivity can sometimes be seen as conflicting with each other. After all, if a business wants high productivity, mistakes could happen that result in a workplace injury. However, this logic is not appropriate and will, in the end, cost a business more money. In reality, safety and productivity work together quite well and help increase gross profits at a business. Solutions and Preventions True productivity does not involve working to achieve a …

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16 Catch Phrases of 3P

Checklist for the Three Ps

What Does 3P Stand For? 3P stands for Production, Preparation and Process. This specific Lean design approach that has been hailed as one of the most powerful and advanced manufacturing tools you can add to your Lean culture. The method was first introduced to the U.S. by Chihiro Nakao, founder of Shingijutsu consulting and contemporary of Mr. Ohno. Nakao has been considered by many to be the world’s greatest production engineer, but prefers to be …

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HR – Hiring for Lean Culture

A company’s culture plays an integral role in how it implements products and services to gain and retain a stable and profitable client base. Like maintaining a machine, an organization’s internal culture should be consistently checked and refined to ensure that all employees are working towards clear and concise objectives that encourages quality control, profit, and the company vision and mission statements. A lean culture if often the best ideology to adapt under a variety …

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