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What is Poka Yoke?

What is Poka Yoke?

When you hear the term “Poka Yoke” you may be thinking “Poka what?” While the practices known as Poka Yoke may be more prevalent in Japan, Poka Yoke is also gaining in popularity in the U.S. The term known as Poka Yoke was coined back in the 1960’s in Japan by a man known as

Tony Ferraro | August 27, 2013 | Lean | Lean Manufacturing, Poka Yoke


When Common Sense and Standardization Conflict

When Common Sense and Standardization Conflict

Every workplace has rules. Rules are often put into place to help standardize practices, keep employees safe, and to simply help keep order within the general workplace. However, what happens when standardized rules just don’t seem to align with common sense answers? Even though rules and standards are put into place for a reason, they

Tony Ferraro | August 21, 2013 | Lean | Forklift Safety




Overproduction is Overrated

Overproduction is Overrated

There’s just something about having a neatly organized, fully stocked inventory that still appeals to some business owners. It may be because they have a fear of running out of products, or it may be due to the belief that since they have the space (warehouse) that they must fill it up with products. Whatever

Tony Ferraro | August 16, 2013 | Lean | Continuous Improvement, Overproduction


TIMWOOD at Work!

TIMWOOD at Work!

Take a look around your business; are the processes and procedures running as efficiently as possible? Are deliveries being made in a timely manner? Are all workstations organized and ready for production? If you find your business floundering in any of these areas, the elimination of TIMWOOD may help. TIMWOOD is a helpful acronym to

Tony Ferraro | July 31, 2013 | Lean | Continuous Improvement, TIMWOOD