Five Steps to Starting LEAN Successfully

Five Steps to Starting LEAN Successfully

In LEAN methodology, businesses become more efficient, more profitable, and less wasteful through a plethora of time-tested strategies. However, many of the strategies might not be immediately intuitive, and may therefore not have made their way into your original business plans. Many people find themselves in this position, and want to figure out how they

Overcoming Opposition During LEAN Deployment

Overcoming Opposition During LEAN Deployment

LEAN business practices are commonplace in the modern day, and have been for some time. Especially throughout the last two to three decades, businesses in a variety of sectors have overwhelmingly opted for LEAN/Six Sigma practices. Lean methodology is meant to increase efficiency, decrease waste, and, ultimately, maximize the profit margins of a business, and

5 Easy Rules For Kanban Success

5 Easy Rules For Kanban Success

Have you ever heard of Kanban? This LEAN principle was developed specifically to help achieve a Just-In-Time, or JIT, production cycle. In a JIT cycle, products and goods are produced in exact accordance with observed demand, rather than predicted demand. This means that instead of projecting how many widgets you need to produce in a

Andon Lights 101 – How to Use Andon to Improve Production Communication

Andon Lights 101 – How to Use Andon to Improve Production Communication

In Japanese, the word ‘andon’ means a traditional paper lamp or light. Toyota, however, incorporated the word to also be the default term for a type of lean signaling process used on work floors; that’s what we’re going to learn about today. What Is An Andon Light? In many production facilities,  Andons are usually cylindrical

Why A Scorecard Is Not A Dashboard

Why A Scorecard Is Not A Dashboard

Many businesses today use visual or progress indicators to help keep track of how operations are running. Some of the more popular methods involve using scorecards and dashboards to keep abreast of current happenings. The two terms are often used interchangeably, but they have some distinct differences that are definitely worth noting. In this blog

8 LEAN Tools You Should Already Be Using

8 LEAN Tools You Should Already Be Using

LEAN tools and strategies focus on improving production efficiency and reducing waste, both in terms of time and physical inputs. While the term LEAN and the thinking behind it is fairly well-known, there is still a natural (though somewhat perplexing) resistance to change that keeps business owners from implementing these strategies once they’re set in

How Simple Visibility Improvements can Improve Efficiency & Reduce Waste

How Simple Visibility Improvements can Improve Efficiency & Reduce Waste

Over the years, I have learned that one of the biggest mistakes individuals and companies make is always looking for the big changes to reduce waste or improve efficiency. They keep focusing on finding the next big, innovative move that will result in dramatic improvements to the bottom line. While these are great when they

How Safety & Lean Go Hand In Hand

How Safety & Lean Go Hand In Hand

Over the years, factories, warehouses, and even offices have gotten safer and safer over ongoing concern for worker health and well-being. As a result, working conditions have focused increasingly on following workplace rules and keeping employees out of harm’s way for the past century. On the other side of things, businesses are constantly striving to