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Someone Started Everything for You?

Someone Started Everything for You?

FoxNews just published an article which quoted President Obama.  In a recent speech he made he said, “If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own.”  President Obama’s comments might ring foul in some ears, but one thing is definitely true; At some point we all need help on our climb to the

Mike Wilson | July 17, 2012 | Safety Solutions | Workplace Safety


Six Sigma: Can It be Simple?

Six Sigma: Can It be Simple?

With so many business models in the market today it’s often difficult to understand what would be best to incorporate into your operations before it becomes obsolete. Six Sigma, is one to learn and then, to keep around. For over 10 years, the Six Sigma business philosophy has changed the way many Fortune 500’s and

Mike Wilson | July 17, 2012 | Lean | Six Sigma



Label Maker Reviews : Brother (PT-65) P-Touch Labeling System

Label Maker Reviews : Brother (PT-65) P-Touch Labeling System

When I look around the internet for reviews of competing brands of label makers, I can’t help but be constantly reminded of the Brother company.  They are one of the industry standard brands for consumer-level labeling machines. Their PT-65 model is another home/hobby variety of labeling machine, and I don’t think it’s in the same

Mike Wilson | July 14, 2012 | Safety Products | Industrial Label Printers, Label Makers, Labeling


The Label Printer Buying Guide for Industrial and Commercial Purposes

The Label Printer Buying Guide for Industrial and Commercial Purposes

If you are planning on purchasing an industrial-grade thermal label printer, you need to weigh several factors.  Let’s face it, these kind of machines are not cheap–they aren’t like the flimsy ones that folks buy to make organizational labels for their home, or for scrapbooking–these are commercial level equipment, and they’re designed to hold up

Mike Wilson | July 13, 2012 | Safety Products | Industrial Label Printer, Industrial Label Printers, Label Makers, Label Printer, Labeling, Safety Signs



5S Principles

5S Principles

It is always good to refresh your memory with the basics of any methodology.  The 5s methodology is composed of Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain.  Bogart McGraw in his article Introduction to 5S System, Fundamentals Explained explains that even though the system dates back to the Japan of the 1500s, it was

Mike Wilson | July 12, 2012 | 5S | 5S, Organized Workplace


Lean Misconceptions

Lean Misconceptions

Misconceptions in lean manufacturing are easy to make, but they are dangerous!  And anyone can misinterpret and misrepresent things.  Mark Graban provides a striking example of a misconception in his blog post Should Have a Question Mark: Inc’s “The Leanest Startup?” : “Inc. Magazine didn’t have the question mark in the headline, but I think

Mike Wilson | July 12, 2012 | Lean | 5S, Lean Manufacturing



Why Rethink Business With Kaizen?

Why Rethink Business With Kaizen?

What is it? How can this help my company achieve higher goals? In an economy focused on regrowth and restructure, businesses all over are trying to innovate wherever they can. Kaizen can be the beginning of looking at business like never before. In a typical corporate structure top to bottom, the corporate level makes all

Mike Wilson | July 10, 2012 | Kaizen | Continuous Improvement, Kaizen


New Options: Why paint lines to mark your aisles or safety lanes?  It is a mess.

New Options: Why paint lines to mark your aisles or safety lanes? It is a mess.

Why paint lines to mark your aisles or safety lanes?  It is a mess.  It chips off.  It looks terrible as it wears.  Instead save time and money with industrial floor tapes such as SafetyTac and enhance the looks of your industrial space. SafetyTac is strong – industrial tapes are now widely regarded by companies

Mike Wilson | July 9, 2012 | Floor Marking | Aisle Marking, Aisle Marking Tape, Floor Marking, Floor Paint, Forklift Safety, Safety


DURASTRIPE SUPREME V AND LEAN Comparable

DURASTRIPE SUPREME V AND LEAN Comparable

A quick, comprehensive run through of our DuraStripe aisle marking product line in a few minutes, which will save you and your business time and money! I wanted to take a couple of minutes of your time to send you a ‘refresher course’ on the DuraStripe product line.  Let me give our DuraStripe 101 class

Mike Wilson | July 6, 2012 | Safety Products | Floor Marking


What is needed for Hiring for a Lean Culture?

What is needed for Hiring for a Lean Culture?

Here’s a question from a healthcare leader that I thought I’d share for input from you, the blog readers. This person is looking to change their hiring and people “sourcing” practices, after visiting ThedaCare and learning about their “Human Development Value Stream” work. Based on your experience, what do you think are the most important

Mike Wilson | July 4, 2012 | Lean | Continuous Improvement, Kaizen, Lean Culture, Lean Manufacturing