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Lean Eliminates Waste, Not People

Lean Eliminates Waste, Not People

When the concept of lean is implemented within a work facility there may be a variety of different responses. For instance, some people may be excited and respond by saying “we should have started lean even sooner, what a great concept.” However, there are also people at the opposite end of spectrum who simply cringe

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

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

Quality Counts!

Quality Counts!

Products ship in and out of businesses each and every day; it is just simply a natural part of conducting business. However, how much thought is really put into ensuring that packages reach their destinations still in pristine condition? When so much thought is put into designing and creating a product, why would we spend

Packaging Waste: Large Box Use Out of Hand?

Packaging Waste: Large Box Use Out of Hand?

The smell of fall is beginning to radiate throughout the air. After a fun-filled summer of outdoor amusement, summer is just starting to wind down. This is also the time of year when teachers begin preparing their classrooms for a whole new group of students. I know this time of year well as my wife

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

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

Let’s Talk Jidoka and Juice Boxes

Let’s Talk Jidoka and Juice Boxes

Don’t you just hate when you make a purchase only to find that some of the items purchased are defective or missing something? Last week, I purchased a large pack of juice boxes for a family picnic and when we opened them up we found that over half of them were missing straws. Missing the

Going Lean: Five Common Misunderstandings

Going Lean: Five Common Misunderstandings

The practice of implementing lean is becoming increasingly popular and it looks like lean might be here to stay. However, it is important to remember that lean isn’t just a quick fix or “extra” program. Instead, implementing a true lean mindset takes time. When lean is done correctly, it will help your business to grow

The Importance of Lean in the Office

The Importance of Lean in the Office

People who read about or study the lean techniques will find that most of what they read is about how to apply these standards to a manufacturing facility.  This is where the concept really got its roots, and also where it is most commonly implemented.  It is important to realize, however, that in addition to

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