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Does Lean Mean “Easy and Simple”?

Does Lean Mean “Easy and Simple”?

Mark Hamel’s Gemba Tales blog is one website to which I continually return.  Hamel is an accomplished fellow, and that comes through in his writing.  Without sounding haughty or pompous, Hamel can throw real-world examples into his posts, and the reader will come away with something they didn’t know before. So, when he was writing

Does Your Floor Look Ugly?

Does Your Floor Look Ugly?

Go into a lot of factories and warehouses that use floor marking lines, and you’re going to see some messy, scratched up floors. Forklifts are usually the culprit – they are heavy and constantly driving over the lines, pivoting on top of them.  This pivoting action causes friction, including heat and forces capable of compressing

Lean Doesn’t Always Mean "5S First"

Lean Doesn’t Always Mean "5S First"

The other day, I wrote a post about an article I read by Bruce Hamilton on whether to start a lean program by using 5S. Today, I noticed Jamie Flinchbaugh’s lean blog, in which he cites his comments on that Old Lean Guy, Hamilton’s article, and he offers his concept that lean is more of

Workplace Safety Rules and Regulations

Workplace Safety Rules and Regulations

Safety in the workplace is a sensitive issue and there are wide regulations and departments specifically dedicated to it. The need for regulations has been brought forth by the high number of deaths and injuries reported as a result of work related injuries. Workplace safety is broad and encompasses a number of several issues. These

What’s Your Problem?  Now, Go Solve It!

What’s Your Problem? Now, Go Solve It!

David Verble wrote a recent article titled “What Exactly is the Problem You Are Trying to Address?” for the Lean Enterprise Institute. In it, he addresses the idea of tackling a problem on an A3 and having a clear-cut, definable understanding of the problem before trying to solve it. He mentions the interaction with others

An Overview on Kanban Systems

An Overview on Kanban Systems

Kanban is an inventory and replenishment system that assists in determining what, when, and how much to produce. It is a scheduling system that maintains inventory levels used in lean manufacturing or Just-In-Time (JIT) production. When material is consumed, a signal is sent to produce and deliver another shipment. It is a ‘pull’ system of

OSHA’s Priority Areas in Workplace Safety

OSHA’s Priority Areas in Workplace Safety

The employer is obligated to ensure the workplace remains a safe place for the employees. He also has a responsibility of informing the workers of the various hazards within an organization. There are specific stipulations on how this is to be achieved. OSHA has elaborate specification on safety signs and appropriate markings to caution and

Best Practice Labeling Guidelines

Best Practice Labeling Guidelines

In order to perform critical best practice OSHA-compliant overhauls, implementing proper benchmarking for visual safety and/or lean management systems is the ideal solution for today’s production and manufacturing sectors. Have a Game Plan Once your team has analyzed and considered the scope of what your safety or lean program aims to achieve, it’s advisable to

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