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The Paperless Warehouse – How & Why

The Paperless Warehouse – How & Why

What do bank statements, purchase receipts, and (now) your own business records have in common? They can all be paperless. Not only that, but they can be improved by going paperless. Businesses have been converting their records to an electronic format for a number of years now, and it’s not too late to jump on

Tony Ferraro | January 7, 2014 | Lean | Continuous Improvement



6 Ways Lean IT Can Help Enterprises

6 Ways Lean IT Can Help Enterprises

Lean has been helping companies streamline their production, eliminate waste, and generally improve the way things are done for many years. Initially, the concepts behind lean were primarily used only in companies and facilities that were directly involved with physical product creation, such as manufacturing plants, factory floors and things of this nature. However, over

Tony Ferraro | December 11, 2013 | Lean | IT LEAN




Lean Manufacturing in a Nutshell

Lean Manufacturing in a Nutshell

Lean manufacturing is a topic which has been talked about a lot over the past few years, and it continues to get more attention almost every day. While there can be no doubt that lean strategies in manufacturing and other industries are extremely important, and effective, they can also be confusing. It is impossible to

Tony Ferraro | November 15, 2013 | Lean | Lean, Lean Manufacturing



Yokoten: From In Theory to Implanted

Yokoten: From In Theory to Implanted

Most of the Japanese terms that have arrived in the American business world have their roots in lean manufacturing. Lean manufacturing sprouted up out of Toyota’s re-tooling of it’s operations some decades ago and continues to be adopted by more and more companies today. “Yokoten” is no different. A lean term meaning “horizontal deployment,” Yokoten

Tony Ferraro | October 24, 2013 | Lean | Lean Manufacturing



On the Constraints of Bottlenecks

On the Constraints of Bottlenecks

In its simplest form, a bottleneck limits flow. In its original meaning, this is referred to how the neck of a bottle, regardless of the size of the rest of the container, limited how fast it could be poured. This same principle occurs in business, when one stage of production is slow, your entire process

Tony Ferraro | October 16, 2013 | Lean | Bottlenecks, Lean


Heijunka – Increasing Efficiency

Heijunka – Increasing Efficiency

Lean manufacturing has been adopted by countless production operations around the world over the last several decades, and for good reason. Principles that increase the efficiency of your workplace and create a smoother flow in production can only be beneficial for your workplace. I’m here to introduce to you the epitome of flow and efficiency

CSS Editorial Staff | October 10, 2013 | Lean


Changeover: Streamlining Your Business

Changeover: Streamlining Your Business

When it comes to streamlining your business and following the principles of lean manufacturing, it’s important to think about changeover. In most assembly-line type work floors there are significant amounts of changeover that occur on a daily, weekly, monthly, or as-demanded basis. Changeover itself is the process of taking a machine or series of equipment

Tony Ferraro | October 10, 2013 | Lean | Lean Manufacturing


The JIT System

The JIT System

When running any sort of physical production based business, you will often have stock on hand. Instead of only stocking for a short time, there will be a “backup” supply of products that can be called upon as demand changes. This is known as “just in case” manufacturing and is highly common in most industries.

Tony Ferraro | October 3, 2013 | Lean | JIT, Lean


Re-Inventing the Wheel – Do It Just This Once

Re-Inventing the Wheel – Do It Just This Once

Safety incentive programs have been around for quite some time, and for most companies, they’ve changed very little since their inception. However, like everything these days, what’s considered “best practice” may change very rapidly, and safety programs have certainly seen several revisions in their time. What you’re doing right now could seem like a trusty,

Tony Ferraro | September 26, 2013 | Lean | Continuous Improvement, Facility Efficiency, Lean Manufacturing