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LEAN MANUFACTURING ARTICLES

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LEAN MANUFACTURING ARTICLES

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How Flow Concepts Improve Operator Health and Safety

How Flow Concepts Improve Operator Health and Safety

You can hear the health, safety, and environment (HSE) team from the next room - flow? What does flow have to do with me? Maybe more than you realize. HSE has a big job to do. The health and safety of operations personnel during normal production operation...

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What Does It Mean To Engineer Material Flow?

What Does It Mean To Engineer Material Flow?

The best way to understand engineered material flow is to consider the opposite. Randomly moving stuff, expedited! is one we encounter often. What is engineered material flow? A correctly designed material flow system is dynamic, interactive, and...

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Why Manufacturing Workstation Design Matters

Why Manufacturing Workstation Design Matters

When I walk into your plant, the attitude of the people and their interaction with their work environment is a quick indicator of your company’s attitude. Too often there are frustrated people struggling in a poorly designed environment with equipment poorly suited to...

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Lean Lessons From Food: Taste The Ants, Flow The Juice

Lean Lessons From Food: Taste The Ants, Flow The Juice

There is an enjoyable Netflix documentary called “Chef’s Table”, and I had a chance to catch a few episodes this weekend. The show provides great insight into the working patterns of amazing chefs along with the context of their pursuit of the profession. There’s not...

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What is a Mother Daughter Cart System?

What is a Mother Daughter Cart System?

One of our key phrases at Geolean is “Get the fork outta here!” When we work with clients to create their lean system, removing forklifts from the manufacturing area is a point of emphasis. Getting rid of forklifts makes sense, but it’s not always an easy change...

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What is Tube and Joint Design?

What is Tube and Joint Design?

If you’ve been keeping up with the latest trends in lean equipment solutions (or if you’ve just been keeping up with our articles), you know that tube and joint design is widely applied to create effective material flow solutions. But what is tube and joint design?...

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5 Manufacturing Problems That Can Be Solved With Lean

5 Manufacturing Problems That Can Be Solved With Lean

As lean integrators, we’ve seen all types of manufacturing and production operations and all sorts of issues that prevent those operations from achieving their next level of success. Here are a few common issues we see and insights into how lean can be applied to...

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How To Create A Lean-Friendly Company Culture

How To Create A Lean-Friendly Company Culture

It’s fun to go on benchmarking trips. It’s fun to go see Toyota or Toyota-inspired operations in Japan. Everyone comes back from those experiences with a head full of “what could be” and ideas on what to change, all at the same time. Then they get back to...

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Why Your Manufacturing Workstation Needs a Makeover

Why Your Manufacturing Workstation Needs a Makeover

You might think you’re doing it all right in terms of applying lean manufacturing principles in your factory: you’ve visualized processes, are working to go forklift-free, and you’ve got buy-in from top management. But if you’re just using standard catalog...

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See your Plant Like a Monopoly Board

See your Plant Like a Monopoly Board

I was walking a customer’s plant recently and trying to convince them why they should switch to small totes from large bins. We discussed the benefits to operator ergonomics, product mix, production scheduling, material delivery, inventory, and on and on....

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AI is No Match for NS

AI is No Match for NS

While enjoying some lakeside time I saw a beverage koozie with a great phrase: “Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity”. I have a very positive outlook on the potential for any person to grow and develop from their current capability. I also have a...

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