Bottleneck

Bottleneck

Bottlenecks are areas in the production process where for one reason or another, work gets backed up. They cause slowdowns, interruptions, and disruptions to the manufacturing process causing wastes to occur. Nearly every production system will have a bottleneck, whether[…]

6S

6S

While it can be argued that safety is built into the various steps of 5S, having a focus on workplace safety in this methodology is beneficial and is referred to as 6S. 6S builds upon the 5S approach with the[…]

Pull System

Pull System

The term “pull system” is often used as a synonym for “Just-in-Time Manufacturing”, or JIT manufacturing. This is a control-oriented system focused on producing smaller batches and eliminate wastes in the facility. That includes smartly stocking supplies and products and[…]

Fishbone Diagram

Fishbone Diagram

The Fishbone Diagram, formally named the Ishikawa diagram, is a tool for managers to get to the root cause of an issue in production. This diagram is used in Root Cause Analysis and is a visual representation of the 5[…]

Voice of Customer (VOC)

Voice of Customer (VOC)

Voice of customer, often referred to by the acronym VOC, is a tool and research technique businesses’ use to capture and record what a customer expects, their preferences, and what they dislike in a product or service. VOC is an[…]