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Lean

Going Lean: IKEA style

Going Lean: IKEA style

For those of you who have not experienced the splendor of IKEA, right now is a great time to learn some helpful and effective facts regarding their lean tactics and safety style. IKEA is a Dutch-based retail company that originated in Sweden back in 1943. Through the years IKEA has proven itself to be one

Mike Wilson | February 21, 2013 | Lean, Safety Solutions | Continuous Improvement, Lean


Six Sigma Certification: What’s it Worth?

Six Sigma Certification: What’s it Worth?

Six sigma is an innovative way of operating that incorporates a set of strategies that aim to improve the processes conducted within a business. It was originally developed in the early 1980’s and has been a well-received tactic to help save businesses valuable time and money as well as improve processes and overall production tremendously.

Mike Wilson | February 20, 2013 | Lean | Lean, Six Sigma


Motorola’s Six Sigma Program

Motorola’s Six Sigma Program

Six Sigma has been around in the U.S. since the mid 1980’s and was originally developed and implemented by the Motorola Company. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with six sigma, it is essentially a set of strategies and tools that are implemented to enhance processes conducted within a business or organization. Six

Mike Wilson | February 18, 2013 | Lean | Lean, Six Sigma


Internal Quality Auditing

Internal Quality Auditing

What is considered a good or quality internal audit? What are the goals of an internal audit? What are some tips to ensure a quality audit? These may be some of the questions floating around in your head. For many business owners an internal audit is less daunting than an external audit because when an

Mike Wilson | February 12, 2013 | Lean | Lean Manufacturing


Document Control Made Easy

Document Control Made Easy

The control of important documents in today’s workplace continues to be a struggle despite the incorporation of the ISO 9001:2000 requirements. To clarify document control, it can be described as ensuring that current documents are first approved by qualified personnel and then distributed to the areas or places where they are actually used and that

Mike Wilson | February 11, 2013 | Lean | Lean



Management Auditing

Management Auditing

The word audit can sometimes be daunting to even the most responsible and organized business owner. An audit can potentially expose issues related to safety, finances, and overall basic function. When defined, an audit can be described as an official inspection of an organization’s accounts and processes routinely conducted by an independent entity. Maybe one

Mike Wilson | February 6, 2013 | Lean | Regulations & Compliance


Verification vs. Validation

Verification vs. Validation

Verification versus validation is a tricky concept to understand. However, to put it into simple terms in basically means verifying that something is correct such as correct tools, correct products, correct process, etc versus validation or fulfilling the need that is expected to be fulfilled. Verification The definition of verification can be described as the

Mike Wilson | February 5, 2013 | Lean | Lean Manufacturing


Disney Institute – Service Quality, Disney Style

Disney Institute – Service Quality, Disney Style

There is US organization that continues to raise the bar through one-of-a-kind customer service, excellent dedication to continuous improvement and boundless levels of fun… do you know who we are talking about? Disney of course! Walt Disney World has been a longstanding innovator when it comes to solid business standards. Employees are happy and satisfied,

Mike Wilson | January 29, 2013 | Lean | Lean


Aerospace’s AS9100 QMS Standard

Aerospace’s AS9100 QMS Standard

Although AS9100 is fairly new to the industry, making its debut in October of 1999, it is quickly becoming a mandatory staple within the aerospace industry. The AS9100 standards were designed and developed by the International Aerospace Quality Group. The AS9100 is basically an aerospace quality management system that focuses on meeting the needs of

Mike Wilson | January 28, 2013 | Lean | Regulations & Compliance


Strategic Planning with the Hoshin

Strategic Planning with the Hoshin

Have you been searching for a way to revamp your business goals, boost employee involvement and work towards continuous improvement? If so, the hoshin process may be what you have been looking for. The origination of the hoshin process started back around 1976 at Hewlett-Packard within the Japan location. The name hoshin can be interpreted

Mike Wilson | January 25, 2013 | Lean | Hoshin, Lean


Lean Posters

Lean Posters

Lean manufacturing is a method used in factories to enhance productivity. As part of lean manufacturing, 5S strategies are quite common sense and you would expect the posters to be easily accepted in an organization. However, it is not that easy to change working habits. As a result, factory managers may decide to use lean posters to

Mike Wilson | January 15, 2013 | Lean | Lean, Lean Posters


The Concept of Muri, Muda and Mura

The Concept of Muri, Muda and Mura

Since the starting of the industrial age, companies are continuously putting all their efforts to get the best ways to improve their overall production method whilst guaranteeing the incomparable quality for their products. Hence, in order to make companies achieve best methods to improve their production quality, the concept of Muri, Muda, and Mura introduced.

Mike Wilson | January 2, 2013 | Lean | Lean, Muda, Mura, Muri



Organization Transformation through Lean Manufacturing

Organization Transformation through Lean Manufacturing

Contrary to misconceptions, lean manufacturing is not only for the manufacturing sector but rather can be applied in all business organizations. The basic drive behind lean manufacturing is the need to reduce wasteful practices, improve upon quality and reduce costs. These are principles that can be applied to any business model or department regardless of

Mike Wilson | December 10, 2012 | Lean | Lean Manufacturing