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Lean Manufacturing

Foam for Tool Boxes

Foam for Tool Boxes

Exploring the Benefits of Foam for Tool Boxes Most facilities have dozens, if not hundreds, of different tools that are used on a regular basis. In addition to being very valuable, these tools are also essential for getting work done in an efficient way. When the tools are not properly taken care of, it can

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

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

5S Supplies Improve Safety and Organization in Auto Repair Shops

5S Supplies Improve Safety and Organization in Auto Repair Shops

A few months ago Creative Safety Supply donated a variety of 5S supplies to an auto shop at Portland Community College. CSS also worked with the college to help make their facility safer and more efficient. You can read more about the changes made here. After I seen the success of this project I decided

Lean Manufacturing in a Nutshell

Lean Manufacturing in a Nutshell

Lean manufacturing is a topic which has been talked about a lot over the past few years, and it continues to get more attention almost every day. While there can be no doubt that lean strategies in manufacturing and other industries are extremely important, and effective, they can also be confusing. It is impossible to

Chaku Chaku & Other Lean Terms You Should Know

Chaku Chaku & Other Lean Terms You Should Know

We’re constantly told that change is a good thing, and, depending on the details of your current operation, most lean experts would also agree with that sentiment. Take the concept of Kaizen, for example. Kaizen is the environment of constant improvement and elimination of waste – in both time and materials – that lean operations

Yokoten: From In Theory to Implanted

Yokoten: From In Theory to Implanted

Most of the Japanese terms that have arrived in the American business world have their roots in lean manufacturing. Lean manufacturing sprouted up out of Toyota’s re-tooling of it’s operations some decades ago and continues to be adopted by more and more companies today. “Yokoten” is no different. A lean term meaning “horizontal deployment,” Yokoten

Changeover: Streamlining Your Business

Changeover: Streamlining Your Business

When it comes to streamlining your business and following the principles of lean manufacturing, it’s important to think about changeover. In most assembly-line type work floors there are significant amounts of changeover that occur on a daily, weekly, monthly, or as-demanded basis. Changeover itself is the process of taking a machine or series of equipment

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