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History of the Toyota Production System

Since the start of the industrial revolution there has been constant improvement and innovation in how things are done. This has helped to push the manufacturing industry forward and made possible many of the incredible products that are available today. While there is no shortage of ideas, concepts, and inventions that helped to push industry

An Introduction to GHS for Your Facility

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GHS is an important system that businesses use when classifying and labeling hazardous chemicals. IT stands for, “Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.” Companies use this system to help improve workplace safety and ensure anyone who works with or around potentially dangerous chemicals can be as safe as possible. There are many

Key Concepts of Lean Manufacturing

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Companies that are thinking about implementing a lean manufacturing strategy will need to spend some time learning about what this system is, and how it works. Lean manufacturing is a very beneficial system that incorporates a number of different concepts to help reduce waste, improve efficiency, and provide benefits to the entire organization. To get

What is Gemba & How it Can Benefit Your Facility

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The word gemba is a Japanese term that is used as part of many industries manufacturing strategies. The term means ‘The Real Place.’ The concept behind a gemba strategy is that supervisors, manager, and others who may be in charge of different areas need to be spending time in ‘the real place’ where the work gets done.

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

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

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