TIMWOOD

TIMWOOD

The seven wastes of manufacturing can be difficult to remember, but the mnemonic TIMWOOD  makes it easy. Each letter in the acronym represents one of seven wastes: Transport: Unnecessary movement of products, equipment, and people. Results in time wasted and[…]

Yamazumi Chart

Yamazumi Chart

Yamazumi charts, also called Yamazumi boards or balance sheets, are a diagram tool used to evaluate cycle times and workloads, while looking for areas in the manufacturing process to optimize. Yamazumi is a Japanese term meaning “to stack up,” and[…]

Kaikaku

Kaikaku

Kaikaku, sometimes called Kakushin, is a Japanese Lean term meaning radical improvement in a limited time. It is a philosophy centered around creating more value and less waste in production by implementing major changes. Innovation is key to Kaikaku, and[…]

Cost of Quality

Cost of Quality

COQ, or Cost of Quality, is a methodology used in Six Sigma to define the costs associated with creating a quality product, this includes all related efforts and deficiencies. The number is representative of the money a company loses when[…]

Benchmarking

Benchmarking

Benchmarking, in the sense of Lean manufacturing and Six Sigma, is a comparison tool that organizations use to discover what is the best performance being achieved. An organization should first understand their current process performance gaps to understand what processes[…]

Balanced Scorecard

Balanced Scorecard

A balanced scorecard is a Lean management system commonly used in manufacturing facilities, warehouses, and construction sites, but can be translated across industries. The scorecard works to balance and align day-to-day work with the bigger picture goals of the company,[…]

DMADV

DMADV

Six Sigma works towards zero defects, streamlined processes, and quality products through two main systematic approaches: the DMAIC methodology and the DMADV methodology. Choosing the methodology depends on whether the focus is on a new process or an existing one.[…]

Deming’s 14 Points for Management

Deming’s 14 Points for Management

W. Edwards Deming played a hugely important role in the evolution of manufacturing following World War II and contributed to quality control, continuous improvement, and Lean manufacturing. Something Deming taught is what is called the 14 Principles of Management. Applying[…]