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LEAN MANUFACTURING ARTICLES

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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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How Modular Solutions Support Six Sigma Projects

How Modular Solutions Support Six Sigma Projects

Let’s ignore the fact that Six Sigma is meaningless as a statistical process measurement and control program for 99.99966% of cases. We will also ignore the murky origins of the term, which may have been based on either a typo or a misinterpretation, and the deviation...

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5 Steps to Sell your Boss on Lean Implementation

5 Steps to Sell your Boss on Lean Implementation

You know the importance and value of lean production, and you’ve seen the ways in which it can improve productivity and output, increase plant safety, and save money. But as is often the case for those in EHS and Continuous Improvement roles, you’re not the sole...

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