19 November

Andon: Visual Control

Most of the information people pick up comes from signs and signals. We live daily with multiple signals around us and consciously, or not, so we use them to increase …

12 November

Takt Time

Production adjusted to takt time The takt time is an indicator of the customer’s purchase frequency measured in seconds. For instance, Heijunka considers it as a target time to which …

06 November

Hoshin Kanri

Hoshin Kanri The Big Idea – Align company goals (Strategy) with the plans of middle management (Tactics) and work performed by employees (Operations) to ensure that everyone is pulling in the …

06 November

Agile Manufacturing

Agile Manufacturing The Big Idea – Manufacturers can achieve a significant structural advantage over offshore competitors by leveraging proximity to local markets to deliver new and highly personalized products with unprecedented …

06 November

Improve Production Today

Improve Production Today The Big Idea – Amazing improvements in productivity can be achieved through small daily increments. Each day, ask three simple questions (one each for Information, Decision, and Action) …

06 November

Top 25 Lean Tools

Top 25 Lean Tools The Big Idea – Lean has a very extensive collection of tools and concepts. Surveying the most important of these, understanding both what they are and how …

06 November

The Essence of Lean

The Essence of Lean The Big Idea – In order to improve efficiency, effectiveness, and profitability, focus relentlessly on eliminating all aspects of the manufacturing process that add no value from …

06 November

Lean Glossary

Lean Glossary DEFINITIONS 5S Organize the work area: Sort (eliminate that which is not needed) Set In Order (organize remaining items) Shine (clean and inspect work area) Standardize (write standards …

Lean Manufacturing
05 November

Lean Manufacturing

What is Lean Manufacturing? Lean Manufacturing is a continuous and systematic production methodology. It involves the identification and elimination of activities that do not add value in a process but …