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SMED as a Lean Tool

By | September 20th, 2016|Categories: Lean Fundamentals, Lean Learning, Lean Lingo|Tags: , , , |

Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED) is kind of like 5-Why’s in that each is not as specific as the name implies. The “5” in 5-Why’s is more a guideline than a specification. Likewise “single minute” is a place-holder for the amount of time that approximates the minimum amount of time it should take for a [...]

Procedural Compliance and Why The Deviation From Standard Can Be Devastating

By | June 9th, 2016|Categories: Lean Lingo, Management|Tags: , |

At the recent NBAA conventions National Safety Forum, NTSB Chairman Chris Hart cited the investigation of a Gulfstream G-IV crash on May 21, 2014 at Bedford Massachusetts that killed all seven aboard. Investigators blamed the crash on the crews attempt to take off with the control lock engaged. Analysis of the flight data recorder revealed the [...]

How Can You Effectively Introduce Lean Improvements in Your Organization?

By | December 29th, 2015|Categories: Lean Learning, Lean Lingo|Tags: , , , , , |

What is Lean? At its core, “Lean” is about improving and optimizing your operations. An organization using lean thinking consistently provides greater value to its customers while consuming fewer resources to do so. Lean organizations do not focus on a single area of their business, they focus on the entire process flow to eliminate waste and [...]