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Lean is not an investment, it’s a decision

Lean is not an investment, it’s a decision

We hear this question all the time – “What will my payback from lean be?” The payback will be tremendous, the increase in capability will be tremendous, the impact on your environment will be tremendous, the impact on your people will be tremendous. It can start as an...

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One Piece Flow Everything, Everywhere

One Piece Flow Everything, Everywhere

One piece flow everything, everywhere. There’s a lot of assumptions baked into that statement. An assumption that one piece is the right quantity, that flow is the most efficient condition, and that it has universal application. We shouldn’t take those...

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4 In’s and 1 Out – 5 Material Flows to Know

4 In’s and 1 Out – 5 Material Flows to Know

Every warehouse, manufacturing plant, production facility, and logistics operation – no matter where they are or what they do – has to manage the same 5 kinds of material and information flow. Your success will be determined by how well you design and integrate these...

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Lean Lessons in the News

Lean Lessons in the News

Click on the headings below for links to full news articles   Tool and Die – Manufacturing canary in the coal mine? IndustryWeek recently posted an article on the tool and die industry that's worth a read. The manufacturing ecosystem depends on healthy tool and...

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5 Signs Forklift Free Is A Must For Your Operation

5 Signs Forklift Free Is A Must For Your Operation

There is clear support for the safety, resource efficiency, and productivity of forklift free / fork truck free initiatives. Those elements show why the initiative is important, but they don’t always create the clear moment of insight into your operation and why it...

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Is Your Material Flow Based on Chaos or Consistency?

Is Your Material Flow Based on Chaos or Consistency?

There are three choices to plan your material flow system: 1. Fixed time, variable quantity 2. Variable time, fixed quantity: 3. Chaos Any of the choices are valid depending on the context they are used in, and you’ll always have some element of each. The...

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Create Flow by Going Forklift Free

Create Flow by Going Forklift Free

Forklift / fork truck free initiatives are everywhere. Either you’ve done it, you’re doing it, or you will be doing it soon. There are too many reasons not to, which I outlined in the "Why?" aspect of forklift free in our series. While all of those points are...

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Get the Fork Outta Here! Forklifts, that is – Part 3

Get the Fork Outta Here! Forklifts, that is – Part 3

This is part 3 of a multi part series. Read part 1 for background on forklift usage, and part 2 for our perspective on why going forklift free should be an operational priority. Part two of this series introduced two perspectives on the forklift free subject - one...

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Get the Fork Outta Here! Forklifts, that is – Part 2

Get the Fork Outta Here!
Forklifts, that is – Part 2

This is part 2 of a multi-part series. Read part 1 for background on forklift usage. There are generally two viewpoints related to forklift free / forklift restricted initiatives – one viewpoint understands it and are trying to figure out how to implement it, one...

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Get the Fork Outta Here! Fork lifts, that is – Part 1

Get the Fork Outta Here! Fork lifts, that is – Part 1

Eliminate fork lifts from all work and walk areas. Fork lift elimination from personnel zones should be the priority goal shared by leadership, health-safety-environment (HSE), and materials management – this applies to all industries, but manufacturing, production,...

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Prioritize Improving Your Internal Logistics System

Prioritize Improving
Your Internal Logistics System

I see different production and office environments every week, and all of them represent opportunities for improvement. A common theme is the subject of “Where to start?”   If we split any work area up into two oversimplified categories you have 1. The work being...

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Don’t think – Act! – with Customers in Mind

Don’t think – Act! – with Customers in Mind

What is the purpose of a business? Focus, focus, focus on the customer. There are five fundamental components to a business, in descending order of importance: Customers Employees Products Suppliers Shareholders Of course there are other critical, necessary, and...

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Is PM Operation Critical?  Ask the Navy.

Is PM Operation Critical? Ask the Navy.

The Navy has a problem – only 47% of their jets could fly right now. 47% operational readiness = 53% aircraft on ground. 53% of a potential resource unable to be used for the intended purpose. It’s not only the jets. There is also a backlog of ship refits. From...

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Are you a Waste-buster or a Flow-master?

Are you a Waste-buster or a Flow-master?

Most people familiar with the concept of lean manufacturing and standard production systems have heard of the seven wastes. If you haven’t, you’re probably going to skip this post and move on. If you have, there is an important point you may not have considered. There...

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