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The Benefits of Lean Manufacturing

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As a management philosophy, lean manufacturing is all about continuous elimination and reduction of waste in the production and business processes. Small, incremental improvements constantly take place in an organization so that it helps lower costs, increase productivity and maintain top quality products. All these things could be achieved along with profits, and at the same time, put waste to ...

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The Visual Workplace

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The need for continuing improvement in the workplace grew over the years with new methods and systems introduced by organizational experts. One hugely appreciated initiative is the “visual workplace”, which is used as both guide and key performance measurement in many companies, businesses and industries. The idea behind a visual workplace is that it helps boost performance and achieve optimum ...

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How To Use a Kanban Board

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The Kanban board has been used extensively in many Japanese businesses for many decades. Tracing back its history, it was practiced by Toyota in the late 1940s to improve their manufacturing and engineering activities. Actual cards were used by the employees to communicate with the group or workers who come next in line. A Kanban card tells the employees involved ...

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Lean Six Sigma Professionals and Their Future

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The Future of Lean Six Sigma Professionals Lean Six Sigma is the combined art and science of eliminating waste and variability in the production process. It’s a school of thought that involves years and years of practice, research, and learning to perfect. Even then, it’s more about the pursuit of perfection than ever actually reaching perfection itself – hey, there’s ...

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Does 3-D Printing Have a Role in Lean Manufacturing?

3-D Printing

A lean workplace seeks ways to make itself more productive and more efficient, and a recent article at Reliable Plant and Lean Manufacturing Journal asserts that 3-D printing naturally fits in well with lean thinking.  3-D printers, the article explains, can make prototyping and customizing easier, which creates a less wasteful manufacturing environment. Additional benefits of 3-D printers are they can ...

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Lean Manufacturing Implementation – The First 5 Steps

Lean Manufacturing Implementation

Improving Your Lean Manufacturing Implementation Whether you are implementing lean manufacturing techniques for the first time, or you are beginning a new project and you need help with lean manufacturing implementation, it is important to get it right from the very beginning. In many instances, if you don’t get the first few steps done correctly, the rest of the implementation ...

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Continuous Improvement in Sports, Teaching and Beyond

Sports, Continuous Improvement

When we talk about continuous improvement—sometimes referred to by the Japanese term kaizen—we often discuss it in the context of the workplace. We think about ways that processes such as assembling parts, organizing the workspace or communicating with coworkers can be improved.  An article in this month’s issue of the New Yorker titled “Getting Better at Getting Better” examines the way ...

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Safety Lean Manufacturing – 5 Ways to Combine Safety and Lean

Safety Lean Manufacturing

Improving and Implementing Safety Lean Manufacturing When people look at facility improvement opportunities they often look at process improvement methodologies, such as Lean Manufacturing. Another thing that is commonly reviewed is facility safety improvements. In many cases, however, they don’t see that using lean manufacturing techniques can often also provide safety improvements. Thinking about safety lean manufacturing will allow you ...

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Continuous Improvement Applied to Safety at Toyota

Safety, Equipment

A recent article at EHS Today explains how a Toyota plant that manufactures forklifts in Columbus, Ind., makes safety a part of daily life. The facility refers to its safety system as K-HYP, which standards for “kaizen” (continuous improvement) and “How’s your process?” At the facility, safety is a topic of discussion at morning meetings, and each employee is given the ...

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