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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

Chaku Chaku & Other Lean Terms You Should Know

Chaku Chaku & Other Lean Terms You Should Know

We’re constantly told that change is a good thing, and, depending on the details of your current operation, most lean experts would also agree with that sentiment. Take the concept of Kaizen, for example. Kaizen is the environment of constant improvement and elimination of waste – in both time and materials – that lean operations

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

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

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

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

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.

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,

Improving Workplace Efficiency: One Lean Step at a Time

Improving Workplace Efficiency: One Lean Step at a Time

I like to think of a working environment as one body of movement, a system of metaphorical cells, organs, and subsystems working together to create life. In business, this “life” usually comes in the form of customer value and/or product output, depending on the industry in which you reside. Just as we think about healthy

Lean Takes Time

Lean Takes Time

Have you ever heard the phrase “everything good in life takes time?” If so, you may understand that under common circumstances things do take time. It would be pretty unrealistic to develop and build a whole company from the ground up in less than a week or even month for that matter. Rome wasn’t built

PDCA: How Can this Tool Help You?

PDCA: How Can this Tool Help You?

You may have heard of PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act), but how much do your really know and understand about it? Have you tried using this method in the past? Was it successful? If it wasn’t successful, what may have contributed towards its ineffectiveness? These are some questions you should ask yourself before making a true, valiant effort

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