Cycle Time

Cycle Time

Cycle time is a common term in manufacturing, but you may find different definitions depending who you’re asking. Generally speaking, cycle time refers to the time between the beginning and end of a process. Some practitioners believe measuring cycle time[…]

Affinity Diagram

Affinity Diagram

No matter the industry or workplace, brainstorming is often used to identify issues, formulate solutions, and execute projects; it is an excellent way to foster collaboration and generating beneficial ideas. Brainstorming sessions that are unstructured or ill planned will ultimately[…]

6S – Safety

6S – Safety

When implementing a 5S program into their facility, some managers choose to include an additional pillar: Safety. When Safety is added to the mix, the 5S program them becomes 6S. Some argue safety is an ongoing process already supported by[…]

5S – Shine

5S – Shine

Now that clutter has been eliminated with Sort, and the space has been organized with Set in Order, it’s time to sanitize with Seiso, or the Shine phase. During this step, the entire workstation should be completely and meticulously cleaned.[…]

5S – Sustain

5S – Sustain

The key to long-term success with any 5S program is simple: diligence. Now that the facility is organized and workers have procedures to maintain their workspace, it is time to introduce the fifth pillar, Sustain. Stemming from the Japanese term[…]

5S – Standardize

5S – Standardize

Seiketsu, or the Standardize phase, is initiated after the workspace has been decluttered, organized, and cleaned. Standardizing procedures will ensure the first three phases are maintained and the facility doesn’t go back to the way it was before 5S. Thispillar[…]

5S – Sort

5S – Sort

5S begins with Seiri, or the Sort step. Sort is the cornerstone of 5S and will help get rid of problems such as: Tools and materials impeding workflow Wasted time looking for parts, tools, and products Stockpiling unnecessary and expensive[…]

5S – Set in Order

5S – Set in Order

The second step to 5S is known as Seiton, or Set in Order. For this phase you will take the items you deemed essential in the previous step and place them back into the workstation in a well-organized manner. It[…]

Centerlining

Centerlining

Centerlining, sometimes referred to as Operation Envelopes or run-to-target, is a methodology used in manufacturing and is often used in conjunction with Six Sigma or total productive maintenance. It is a practice that aims to reduce product and process variability[…]