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Continuous Improvement

Re-Inventing the Wheel – Do It Just This Once

Re-Inventing the Wheel – Do It Just This Once

Safety incentive programs have been around for quite some time, and for most companies, they’ve changed very little since their inception. However, like everything these days, what’s considered “best practice” may change very rapidly, and safety programs have certainly seen several revisions in their time. What you’re doing right now could seem like a trusty,

Lean Takes Time

Lean Takes Time

Have you ever heard the phrase “everything good in life takes time?” If so, you may understand that under common circumstances things do take time. It would be pretty unrealistic to develop and build a whole company from the ground up in less than a week or even month for that matter. Rome wasn’t built

Lean Eliminates Waste, Not People

Lean Eliminates Waste, Not People

When the concept of lean is implemented within a work facility there may be a variety of different responses. For instance, some people may be excited and respond by saying “we should have started lean even sooner, what a great concept.” However, there are also people at the opposite end of spectrum who simply cringe

Quality Counts!

Quality Counts!

Products ship in and out of businesses each and every day; it is just simply a natural part of conducting business. However, how much thought is really put into ensuring that packages reach their destinations still in pristine condition? When so much thought is put into designing and creating a product, why would we spend

Packaging Waste: Large Box Use Out of Hand?

Packaging Waste: Large Box Use Out of Hand?

The smell of fall is beginning to radiate throughout the air. After a fun-filled summer of outdoor amusement, summer is just starting to wind down. This is also the time of year when teachers begin preparing their classrooms for a whole new group of students. I know this time of year well as my wife

Overproduction is Overrated

Overproduction is Overrated

There’s just something about having a neatly organized, fully stocked inventory that still appeals to some business owners. It may be because they have a fear of running out of products, or it may be due to the belief that since they have the space (warehouse) that they must fill it up with products. Whatever

Talking Kaizen and Lean with Mark Hamel

Talking Kaizen and Lean with Mark Hamel

Mark Hamel In this week’s interview, we are highlighting the expertise of Mark Hamel, a leader in lean and six sigma implementation, as well as an established author and blogger. He authored a book entitled, “Kaizen Event Fieldbook” and is an avid blogger for kaizenfieldbook.com. In this interview he answers questions related to Kaizen and Lean

TIMWOOD at Work!

TIMWOOD at Work!

Take a look around your business; are the processes and procedures running as efficiently as possible? Are deliveries being made in a timely manner? Are all workstations organized and ready for production? If you find your business floundering in any of these areas, the elimination of TIMWOOD may help. TIMWOOD is a helpful acronym to

Let’s Talk Jidoka and Juice Boxes

Let’s Talk Jidoka and Juice Boxes

Don’t you just hate when you make a purchase only to find that some of the items purchased are defective or missing something? Last week, I purchased a large pack of juice boxes for a family picnic and when we opened them up we found that over half of them were missing straws. Missing the