Why You Should Use Takt Time Production & How To Do It

Takt Time Production

5 min read Cut Down Wastes with Takt Time Production There are many types of waste within a facility, and many different things that can contribute to that waste. For most facilities, one of the biggest causes of waste is improper planning on the production line. In some cases, the line will produce products too slowly, which is inefficient, and can upset customers. In other cases, products are produced too quickly, which is a waste of resources. In …

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Three Steps to Change Management

5 min read LinkedIn Group Discusses Change Management The idea of effecting change within a business is exciting and positive, but it can, at the same time, cause some stomach turns for Lean professionals. Even with experience, and sometimes because of it, the task of changing minds, processes, and habits can be daunting. Users on LinkedIn Six Sigma, Change Management, and Lean Methodology groups often bring up the topic of which tools and habits make for the most …

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Cheap Manufacturing – The Potential Backlash of Low Wages & Pricing as a Competitive Strategy

4 min read LinkedIn is a veritable wealth of knowledge for professionals looking for insights and discussion within their industry, and business owners won’t be disappointed by one discussion prompt this week. One user made an initial post stating that, contrary to popular belief, being the “cheapest” should never be the goal in your business. He goes on to argue that looking too hard at minimizing the costs of running your business might cause you to lose focus …

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The 5 Ingredients to Sustaining 5S

3 min read Implementing a 5S program in a facility takes a lot of hard work and dedication. In most cases, however, companies are willing to put in that effort in order to get the great results they desire. A facility will have buy in from upper management who are willing to provide the financial backing and other support necessary to really get the 5S program off the ground. Once 5S has been implemented, however, the passions often …

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Focus on Better Decisions Rather than Workflow Improvement

3 min read Ongoing improvement in any industry is essential for the success of a business. When companies, or even individual facilities, become stagnant, their competition can quickly overtake them. With this in mind, it is important for all companies, and the individuals who make them up, should always be trying to make improvements. In many facilities, the main focus is on workflow improvement. Things like adjusting the way a particular part is made, for example, can decrease …

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Vocoli Takes Suggestion Box To New Level

Ideas out of the box concept on green blackboard

3 min read Has Vocoli saved the suggestion box? The traditional suggestion box has long been thought of as a thing of the past. The dusty wood box that no one can usually find, sitting with a couple of broken pencils and some half doodled pieces of paper, has been in desperate need of an upgrade for years. Vocoli, a product of a Brighton-based Web development firm Massachusetts Technology Corp, was launched in September and is attempting change …

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Leadership Fails: Positive Reinforcement and Recognition

4 min read It is advisable that employee acknowledgement be ingrained in the culture of the business and not simply an act of ingenuine communication. Indeed, employee acknowledgement is a communication device that reinforces and rewards the most significant results that employees are responsible for. When leadership identifies employees competently, it strengthens, with its selected means of acknowledgement, the activities and behaviors it most desires to see in the employees it manages. A productive employee recognition system is …

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Can the “Cloud” Improve Business Processes?

3 min read Cloud computing has emerged as the latest technology to help companies, but what are the benefits of this technology? Companies all over the world are using it to create a mobile workforce and to lower expenses. There are so many benefits to this new technology that any company with an IT department could use this technology to improve business processes. Here is what you need to know about this new technology that’s sweeping the nation. …

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A Restaurant Experience Worth Mentioning

Buffalo wings

3 min read We’ve all had a bad experience at a restaurant. It’s nothing we or the restaurant ever hope for, but it’s the risk we take each time we venture out for a meal. We generally choose a restaurant for one of two reasons, the food or the atmosphere and set our expectations accordingly. For my most recent dining experience I went with the latter and made my way to Buffalo Wild Wings. There were multiple sporting …

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Why Single Minute Exchange of Die (SMED)?

Why SMED

3 min read The path towards continuous improvement in your lean journey is not always as clear as you’d like it to be. Many of the processes and methodologies behind Lean take time before your organization has success with them. It’s a learning process well worth the investment, but can be frustrating at times. Same goes for the Lean process known as Single Minute Exchange of Die (SMED). The increased efficiency and reduction of costly inventory that results …

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