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LEAN MANUFACTURING ARTICLES

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LEAN MANUFACTURING ARTICLES

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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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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 comment on...

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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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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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IS YOUR FACTORY A GOOD FIT FOR LEAN INTEGRATION?

Fill out our lean integration checklist to determine if your factory might be ready for lean integration.

THE COMPLETE
GUIDE TO LEAN INTEGRATION

Here's everything you need to know broken down into manageable parts that are easy to implement.

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