Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)

Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)

In Lean, maintenance should be proactive. Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) is a method for maintaining equipment so that problems like breakdowns and slow-running machines don’t interfere with productivity. A key part of TPM is that it involves equipment operators in[…]

Takt Time

Takt Time

Takt time borrows from the Japanese word takutotaimu, which in turn is a term derived originally from the German Taktzeit, which translates literally to “cycle time.” Less literally, it refers to the baton used by an orchestra’s conductor to signal[…]

Standard Work

Standard Work

Lean workplaces must agree upon standard work to run efficiently and continuously improve. Sometimes called standardized work, standard work is the set of rules and steps that dictate how a task should be performed. Standard work takes into account the[…]

Spider Chart

Spider Chart

Also known as radar charts, polar charts, and star plots, a spider chart is often used to compare and contrast improvement and stagnation across multiple variables simultaneously, using a single graphical chart. As you may have guessed from the image,[…]

Spaghetti Diagram

Spaghetti Diagram

Many charts and diagrams exist to help Lean practitioners analyze and improve their workplaces. A spaghetti diagram is a basic Lean tool that helps people identify waste. These drawings are called spaghetti diagrams because when they’re finished they look a[…]

SMED

SMED

Single-minute exchange of die, usually referred to as SMED, is the process of trying to make changeovers as fast as possible. Quickly changing a process so that it can go from making one product to making another helps reduce lead[…]

Six Sigma Defined

Six Sigma Defined

Developed by Motorola in the late 1980s, Six Sigma is an ideology that aims to reduce the number of product defects to near-zero levels. Defects are considered any aspect of a product that does not meet a customer’s standards, and[…]

Scrum Methodology

Scrum Methodology

Scrum is a Lean method first adopted in software development in the early 90s. With many companies now adopting Lean approaches wherever possible, it is seeing more implementation in industrial and manufacturing environments. Scrum is a process skeleton with a[…]

SCAMPER Technique

SCAMPER Technique

SCAMPER is a technique that is often used by many to ignite the silent creative genius lying within them. When used correctly, and with purpose, it has the ability to help anyone, including you, to rise above any present challenge.[…]