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LEAN MANUFACTURING ARTICLES

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LEAN MANUFACTURING ARTICLES

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How your Company Culture is Holding you Back

How your Company Culture is Holding you Back

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast!” - Giga Information Group “Culture is how you treat each other” - Multiple sources “Corporate culture is unique to every corporation because every corporation serves a different customer” - Patty McCord, former VP HR...

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What is Lean Manufacturing?

What is Lean Manufacturing?

The idea of “lean” appears all over the business press - lean healthcare, lean management, lean startup, lean manufacturing - name a context and industry and you’ve seen lean applied to it. Everyone is trying to get lean, hold kaizen events, do 5S, implement just in...

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How to Choose the Right Lean Solutions Provider

How to Choose the Right Lean Solutions Provider

If you are looking to become more lean as an organization, you will need to purchase products that help your team become more efficient and support the changes you want to implement. When evaluating what products or solutions you might use, there will be...

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What to Look For When Purchasing Flow Racks

What to Look For When Purchasing Flow Racks

Flow racks are an important but under considered piece of equipment. They present product clearly, enable small box packaging, and support pull and FIFO systems. Good flow racks can have huge benefits in safety, productivity, and delivery. Here are the major things...

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Don’t Make This Mistake Starting Your Lean Initiative

Don’t Make This Mistake Starting Your Lean Initiative

There’s ongoing discussion in the lean community about where to start transformation projects. It’s an important debate because of how often lean implementations fail and the toll the failures take on people, companies, and the positive understanding of lean. Hard...

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How Lean Solutions Can Improve Plant Safety

How Lean Solutions Can Improve Plant Safety

Lean manufacturing is all about becoming more effective and efficient. Applied correctly, the lean system will improve all operational metrics on the way to achieving greater efficiency. Applied incorrectly or with too much emphasis on production, other metrics like...

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Strange reporting from the WSJ on “just-in-time”

Strange reporting from the WSJ on “just-in-time”

I often enjoy the “Top Supply Chain and Logistics News” segment from the Wall Street Journal. Good, quick updates on a range of relevant supply chain topics that are hard to find easily from a single source. In the February 6th column they had a strange...

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Grab the mop – learning through action

Grab the mop – learning through action

I was leaving the office last Tuesday after working on a new marketing campaign and walked down the hall to shut the lights off. I had plans to meet a channel partner with our CEO for dinner and didn’t leave much time buffer. On my way over to the light switch I...

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The Power of Flow, Demonstrated in Donuts

The Power of Flow, Demonstrated in Donuts

I'm a big donut fan. When I'm in your city, I'm searching out the local hotspot to test the best. As an invention, donuts are up there at the top. Maybe flight is better, but only by a fraction. Took a weekend trip to upstate NY this summer and found a...

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Don’t start the layout until you know the process

Don’t start the layout until you know the process

Do you feel like you’re in an infinite loop of frustrating layout changes as you keep changing process elements? It’s probably because you started layout planning too soon. Two quotes on this subject from Chihiro Nakao, from the book Kaizen Forever “Build...

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