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 [...]

Mistake Proofing

By |2021-09-07T15:27:09-04:00September 7th, 2021|Categories: Business, Cutting Waste, Manufacturing|

Mistakes happen. It’s one of the most basic truths of life, along with the idea that perfection is a myth. And while society has largely accepted both of these truths, it hasn’t stopped people from looking for ways to edge us closer to error-free, or perfection. Mistake Proofing, or error proofing, also known as Poka-Yoke, is [...]

Lean Works for More than Manufacturing

By |2020-12-02T10:52:11-05:00December 2nd, 2020|Categories: Business, Corporate Learning, Manufacturing|

A troubling myth of Lean is that it only applies to the manufacturing sector of a given company or business. The problem with this line of thinking is that it creates a singular relationship between Lean strategies and one aspect of the workforce. The truth is that Lean is a set of ideals that helps to [...]

Industry 4.0 & The Internet of Things: How to Take Advantage of Industry 4.0

By |2020-07-07T12:52:22-04:00July 7th, 2020|Categories: Manufacturing, Productivity|Tags: , , , , , |

Industry 4.0 Industry 4.0 is considered the fourth manufacturing revolution since the late 1700s. Essentially, Industry 4.0 (or I4) has taken the digital revolution one-step further by automating manufacturing technologies and enabling them to have insight into the entire production line. These automated processes can then make independent decisions, increasing productivity and eliminating waste. The Internet [...]

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 [...]

One Bad Month in a Great 2018: Can Lean Thinking Help U.S Manufacturing Have a Better 2019?

By |2019-05-16T13:02:23-04:00May 16th, 2019|Categories: Manufacturing, Technology|Tags: , , , , |

The American technology manufacturing sector seemed not to have much to smile about after the release of orders volume data for December 2018 by the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT). The data revealed that total orders in the sector had modestly reduced year-over-year. 2018 had been a strong year though. December results were just a small [...]

Lean Thinking in Construction Processes – Part 2

By |2019-02-26T14:26:45-05:00February 26th, 2019|Categories: Lean Learning, Lean Thinking, Manufacturing|Tags: , , , |

Read part 1 of this series by clicking here. The most logical first step is putting lean thinking into action is “mapping” the process. A detailed start-finish map, which divides the entire project into 5-6 major segments was essential. For instance, the construction of a building can be divided into site clearing and cleaning, foundation and [...]

How important is a manufacturing apprentice program?

By |2018-03-28T13:47:39-04:00March 28th, 2018|Categories: Corporate Learning, Lean Learning, Lean Training, Manufacturing|Tags: , , , , , |

If a manufacturing apprentice program is not one of the items on your company’s list of potential improvements, after learning about its many advantages you may wish to consider implementing one. In last week’s blog, we quoted Tooling U-SME Learning and Performance Improvement Leader (LPI) John Hindeman’s six reasons for starting a manufacturing apprentice program, as [...]

Should Your Company Start a Manufacturing Apprentice Program?

By |2019-11-25T09:49:07-05:00March 20th, 2018|Categories: Automotive, Leading Lean, Lean Training, Management, Manufacturing|Tags: , , , , , |

A manufacturing apprentice program is one of the best ways to ensure quality workplace performance. Often apprentice programs are overlooked because business owners and recruiters assume that a college education or vocational program has provided adequate preparation for their future employees. They are confident that satisfactory transition from textbook to factory floor can easily be achieved [...]

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