Go Lean – Visual Factory

Lean Manufacturing Visual Factory refers to lean manufacturing theory. It describes visual methods a factory or any manufacturing plant can use to communicate information about a process to everyone who needs to understand it as they work. What Exactly Is It? A visual factory uses a collection of conceptual tools that will convey information in a clear, accurate, efficient, and organized way to those who need to know it. Since this visual information is easier …

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Lean Layout Fundamentals

Designing a layout for your facility is a hefty project that really takes both sides of the brain to draw out all your creativity and scientific knowledge in order to be successful. The growth of Lean concepts and processes over the past decade has shifted many facilities to adopt a Lean layout on their floors. The results of a successful Lean layout can dramatically improve your facilities efficiency and flexibility when it comes to production …

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JIT – Just In Time Manufacturing Explained

Just In Time (JIT) manufacturing describes the process whereby companies only acquire and produce items on an as needed basis. This process in contradictory to conventional thought that focuses on carrying large amounts of product inventory and merchandise on hand to create products and fulfill orders. While the conventional approach of amassing a large inventory and keeping the parts or stock items on hand to fill orders sounds practical, the reality is the process of …

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Focus and Performance

When you are looking to improve your performance, whether it be for your job, during workouts, or for life in general, it is important to understand the crucial role that focus plays. Too many people wonder why they are not exhibiting the type of performances they are capable of, without realizing that they lack the ultimate focus to take one task at a time. Here we will take a look at the elements that make …

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A Kaizen Leaders Role

The Kaizen leader is an individual, who is responsible for a group of people, who will be working toward identifying quality improvement processes in a given company or facility. The leader will help direct the group toward identifying waste in an area, and focuses on eliminating it in the best way possible. These leaders are typically going to have significant experience working in lean environments, and participating in Kaizen groups. The leader will also be …

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Self-Checkout: Efficient or Added Waste?

It’s a Love/Hate Thing Self-Checkout machines have come under a lot of scrutiny of late for many reasons. The biggest being the question of their efficiency. A recent report from Dechert-Hampe Consulting, notes that about 85% of American shoppers have used a self-checkout machine for a purchase (almost as many as have used ATMs), and surprisingly embraced the technology for its convenience and speed. I say surprising, because while I myself try to use self-checkout …

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5 Things to Avoid During a Kaizen

Kaizen events are an important tool for any company that is attempting to go through a lean transformation, or simply wants to improve the way they are doing things. Lean events are typically short, intense sessions which help to quickly change the way specific things are done.  When managed well, these events can have dramatic results, which greatly benefit the entire department or facility. When poorly run, however, they can be a waste of time, …

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A Kaizen Story

Kaizen Event

When a large manufacturing plant in Iowa decided to implement Kaizen into their facilities they had plenty of questions and hurdles to overcome. The organization, which produces agricultural and construction-related equipment saw the continuous improvement process known as Kaizen as a means to improve business. The process for them didn’t come easy and creating a sustainable process became a challenge, but a Kaizen story like any story, is always good to review. The following information …

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Kaizen Safety Cross

Not Your Average Safety Calendar I recently stumbled upon the Kaizen Safety Cross and found the concept to be an efficient and creative way to regulate your workplace safety program. There’s never a bad time to talk about safety in the workplace. As our habits harden into our molds, we often overlook the little things we do everyday that could be a threat to our safety and others. However, unlike other facets of our business …

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7 Reasons to Eliminate Waste and Go Lean

When applying lean standards to any business the most important benefit the company will achieve is the elimination of waste.  By cutting out waste, it is often possible to increase the profit margins, reduce the time it takes to deliver the product and generally improve the way the company is run.  Waste should always be eliminated whether it is a major problem or something small.  Looking at seven of the most important reasons for eliminating …

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