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A3 for Lean Implementation

A3 for Lean Implementation

A3 image via Reliableplant.com Today, I was looking for a decent A3 problem-solving template for an engineering friend who was planning on implementing a lean program for his company, and I came across a helpful article on ReliablePlant.com by Larry Rubrick and a cool A3 powerpoint presentation at PowerShow.com (don’t hit download, just hit play).

Mike Wilson | October 11, 2012 | Lean | A3, Continuous Improvement, Lean, Lean Manufacturing





Warehouse Signs : Enforcing Safety and Ease of Operations

Warehouse Signs : Enforcing Safety and Ease of Operations

To those who are used to a warehouse environment, walking through the maze and sorting out the various items safely might sound like a walk in the pack. To the visitors or new employees it is a different story altogether. Huge warehouses can be quite complicated especially with the various equipments and different chemicals everywhere.

Mike Wilson | October 9, 2012 | Safety Products | Electrical Safety, Equipment Labeling, Facility Efficiency, Forklift Safety, Labeling, Safety, Safety Signs, Warehouse Signs, Workplace Safety









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

Mike Wilson | October 2, 2012 | Lean | Continuous Improvement, Gemba, Lean


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

Mike Wilson | October 2, 2012 | Floor Marking | Floor Marking, Forklift Safety, Safety


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

Mike Wilson | October 1, 2012 | 5S | 5S, Lean, Lean Manufacturing