Enhancing Lean Manufacturing with IT

< 1 min read The reduction of waste through the use of Lean Manufacturing has been seen to be beneficial to various companies in particular those that are in the manufacturing industry. Lean thinking has become almost a religious affair due to the fact that conversations and philosophies surrounding the topic are given great focus, passion and intensity. As discussed by Gordon Benzie in The Increasing Role of IT in Lean Manufacturing, a hot topic amongst those discussing Lean …

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Going Beyond Lean Manufacturing

2 min read For many years, Lean Manufacturing methods have been implemented in various companies, and its history can be traced as far back as the 1800s. Andrew Nicholson for Manufacturing Times addresses what companies should do next, particularly if they are well advanced in their Lean Manufacturing journey. Such companies have applied Lean techniques across their manufacturing operations, which have helped them trim down on costs, increase productivity, and some have even sustained a culture of Continuous …

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Keep Improving With Lean Manufacturing

< 1 min read Lean Manufacturing is not a simple process, and it can become more complex as each stage is implemented in a company. However, whatever stage a company may be in when employing lean manufacturing, they should constantly be improving. Most of the time, companies find themselves in a stagnated period, where they encounter a ‘too busy to improve’ syndrome. There are strategies that can be used to keep improving during the lean process, as covered by …

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Lean Manufacturing Requires Consistency

< 1 min read Lean Manufacturing is considered a management philosophy which focuses on creating a better workplace by considering the expenses of resources for any goal rather than the creation of value for the end customer to be wasteful, and consequently a target for elimination. This Production Practice Is A Variation on the theme of efficiency based on optimizing flow, and as mentioned by Bryan Zeigler in Lean is Good; consistency is vital for lean transformation. This is …

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Incorporate the 5S Steps into the Business

2 min read Lean manufacturing environments are the areas that mostly use the 5S tool. It is a popular approach which has the main advantage of being simple to use. With lean thinking one will also find that the idea of a visual workplace is important. It is vital to organize tools, supplies and machinery, as well as create a space that can easily accommodate the re-organization of necessary and unnecessary items. 5S videos and 5S posters that …

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Lean Manufacturing

3 min read Lean Manufacturing This article from foxnews really brings home the point that Lean Manufacturing is still in it’s grass roots phase and expansion is still to come. I expect to see a lot more as time goes on. A century after Henry Ford developed the assembly line production method for the manufacture of Model-T Fords, a Japanese automaker has pioneered the next evolution on the concept – and begun a revolution that is quietly spreading …

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