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Lean Manufacturing

Decision-Making: Is Quicker Always Better?

Decision-Making: Is Quicker Always Better?

Why does everyone always seem to be in a rush? Whether dropping kids off to school in the morning, trying to squeeze in a haircut during a lunch hour or tempted to open a new credit card just because a credit decision is promised within 60 seconds, people seem to always be rushing and often

The Importance and Value of Mistake Proofing

The Importance and Value of Mistake Proofing

Have there been mistakes made in your business operations? The answer is obviously yes. Whether mistakes happen while an employee is stacking pallets on warehouse floor, or while working on an assembly line out in the factory, mistakes are simply a part of life. There will always be some sort of human error value when

New Product Development: Potential Pitfalls

New Product Development: Potential Pitfalls

Generating new ideas and creating new product is often exciting, yet a bit daunting. There are many unanswered questions along with new product development (NPD) and with that also comes a strong sense of vulnerability when introducing it onto the market. Some common concerns include: Will people like the product? Will the product function as

Help Your Business GO LEAN!

Help Your Business GO LEAN!

These days you may be hearing a lot talk regarding “going lean” and “implementing lean practices,” what does this truly mean? When a company implements lean practices they are essentially looking at all areas within the company, evaluating processes, searching for new ways to streamline and improve current processes, all while striving to create a

Quality Begins with the Design and Process

Quality Begins with the Design and Process

The term “quality” is somewhat ambiguous in nature as it means differing levels of satisfaction to different people. However, even though acceptable levels of quality vary widely from person to person, one thing is for sure, when a person purchases a product to meet a specific need he or she expects the product to fulfill

Internal Quality Auditing

Internal Quality Auditing

What is considered a good or quality internal audit? What are the goals of an internal audit? What are some tips to ensure a quality audit? These may be some of the questions floating around in your head. For many business owners an internal audit is less daunting than an external audit because when an

Verification vs. Validation

Verification vs. Validation

Verification versus validation is a tricky concept to understand. However, to put it into simple terms in basically means verifying that something is correct such as correct tools, correct products, correct process, etc versus validation or fulfilling the need that is expected to be fulfilled. Verification The definition of verification can be described as the

Definition of Quality

Definition of Quality

The definition of quality can be ambiguous and may differ tremendously between different people. While one person may be satisfied with a mediocre product that performs a function properly “most” of the time another may be completely dissatisfied unless the product delivers proper performance “all of the time.” Many people have innate connotations related to

Important Information Regarding Foam Inserts

Important Information Regarding Foam Inserts

Foam inserts, as the name suggests, are used for packaging and filling out packages. There is a wide range of packaging foam available for this purpose. Today, one can purchase custom foam inserts in following formats: Polyethylene Closed cell polyethylene Polyether Polyurethane Neoprene Stratocell Foam inserts can also be made available in laminated finishes using

Organization Transformation through Lean Manufacturing

Organization Transformation through Lean Manufacturing

Contrary to misconceptions, lean manufacturing is not only for the manufacturing sector but rather can be applied in all business organizations. The basic drive behind lean manufacturing is the need to reduce wasteful practices, improve upon quality and reduce costs. These are principles that can be applied to any business model or department regardless of

Which Six Sigma belt do you have?

Which Six Sigma belt do you have?

Six sigma training and certification can be achieved through online and offline. There are a number of programs designed to train working professionals and managers to understand the quality systems. Six Sigma involves a process where a refined process is charted out after going through DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control) methods. It is

Lean Supply Chain

Lean Supply Chain

Supply chain management ensures that products are delivered to the end market with minimum waste. If you are implementing lean methods in your organization, lean supply chain management is the right fit for the overall success of your organization. You will be able to take up and continue your lean journey in an appropriate way

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