Top Five Lean Manufacturing FAQs

By |2021-11-22T09:49:31-05:00November 8th, 2021|Categories: Lean Lingo, Manufacturing|Tags: , , , |

Unfortunately, this 15 point “FAQ” doesn’t appear in the official Scrabble dictionary (I looked it up).  Fortunately, we are here to help with the five most common lean questions.  While the concept of lean isn’t new, it’s easy to get lost in the mountain of rules and strategies surrounding the topic.  Sometimes, it helps to get [...]

Total Productive Maintenance

By |2020-02-25T11:52:21-05:00February 25th, 2020|Categories: Lean Lingo, Lean Thinking, Manufacturing|Tags: , , , , |

Productive maintenance involves establishing a routine set of care activities with a focus on the following goals: Zero accidents Zero delays Zero deficits Zero failures This does not mean replacing a machine when it goes down, but coming up with effective strategies to keep the machine from breaking down in the first place. Just like you [...]

Eliminating Waste, One Kanban Card at a Time

By |2019-12-03T17:14:20-05:00December 3rd, 2019|Categories: Lean Learning, Lean Lingo|Tags: , , , , |

Many people who are familiar with Lean methodologies, are also familiar with Kanban (not to be confused with Kan Jam – the popular tailgating game). Kanban is a proven method of managing materials and workflow to minimize waste and maximize productivity. Kanban’s humble beginnings can be traced back to a Toyota company in Japan in the [...]

What is 5S?

By |2019-09-20T12:33:54-04:00September 20th, 2019|Categories: Lean Fundamentals, Lean Lingo|

Everyone has been there. You walk into work determined to stay organized, and by lunchtime, you can’t find the document you were working on this morning. Your desk, and likely your office, have become messy and chaotic. It’s no secret that messy and chaotic work environments are frustrating, especially in the moment. However, research also suggests [...]

SMED as a Lean Tool

By |2017-12-08T18:31:22-05:00September 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 |2022-04-26T13:15:56-04:00June 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 |2017-12-08T18:31:27-05:00December 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 [...]

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