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What is Lean Manufacturing?

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2 min read Lean manufacturing encompasses a broad array of industrial philosophies, concepts, and strategies. It can be intimidating to first-time learners. As a result, it can be hard to know where to start. We can help with that. This two-part blog series was created to give you an overview of Lean manufacturing and its foundational philosophies in a two digestible spoonfuls. Lean manufacturing ...

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Six Sigma Belts

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2 min read A successful Six Sigma program relies on a vast knowledge of the various philosophies, methods, and strategies that enable Six Sigma to be executed companywide. Six Sigma co-founder Bill Smith and Motorola recognized this fact, and it’s for that reason they spearheaded training efforts like Motorola University and Six Sigma Institute. To help with an organization’s Six Sigma efforts, individuals ...

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4 Steps to Realizing Gemba Success

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4 min read Gemba walks are an extremely valuable tool for managers. When successfully utilized, these walkscan help leaders understand the processes in the production line and see firsthand how the work floor is operating. Planning for a Gemba walk can seem a bit daunting, but with these four steps to success, you can ensure your walk will be effective and beneficial for ...

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Utilizing Visual Communication with 5S

5S and visual communication

2 min read The heart and soul of visual management is 5S. It is systematic approach to workplace organization and cleaning that will transform a disorganized workplace into an efficiently running machine. 5S creates a strong foundation that allows businesses to employ additional Lean manufacturing tools such as kaizen. When the work environment is orderly, people can more easily identify opportunities for improvement. ...

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What is Kaizen?

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2 min read Kaizen is a Japanese term that literally means improvement – improvement in your personal life and your working life. When a company adopts the kaizen model, it strives to improve its processes in small but meaningful ways, ultimately changing for the better. Kaizen is not just a one-time improvement, but rather a commitment to excellence by constantly testing and improving ...

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What is Gemba & How it Can Benefit Your Facility

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7 min read 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. In a manufacturing facility, for ...

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The Benefits of Lean Manufacturing

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4 min read 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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4 min read 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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4 min read 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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5 min read 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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