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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

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

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

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

American National Standards Institute

American National Standards Institute

This post was put in place to help with what is ANSI and how can we better deal with them. ANSI is a great organization that was put in place to keep each and everyone safe. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI,  /ˈænsiː/ AN-see) is a private non-profit organization that oversees the development of voluntary

Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence Day

While many Lean thinkers would love to declare independence from old-fashioned, traditional, and ineffective “command and control” thinking, it’s a holiday (in the United States… belated Canada Day greetings to our friends up north), so we’ll remember the real Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,

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