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

LEAN Customer Service – Customer Service Could Learn A Thing or Two From Lean

Lean Customer Service

Just this week, a Lean discussion in my favorite LinkedIn professional group cropped up and talked about the eight types of waste associated with Lean, but also how they could be specifically applied to customer service. What would a loss of talent look like in customer service?  Could there really be an excess in movement?

5 Steps for Lean Manufacturing Implementation

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

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 Featured in GE Capital TV Commercial

Lean Blog

Mark Graban over at Lean Blog recently wrote about a GE Capital TV commercial that includes the Lean turnaround process in a factory. Graban said: In the 60-second piece, GE highlights how their advisors helped a manufacturing company double efficiency by using Lean methods and by asking “the important question – why?” What happened? “Ideas for

Five Essential Lean Tools for Manufacturing

Lean Tools for Manufacturing

The Right Lean Tools for Manufacturing Lean manufacturing has been growing in popularity for quite some time now. While every facility implements it slightly differently, they can all benefit from having the right lean tools for manufacturing. Look at the following key tools and see if your facility is using them properly. 5S Methodologies This

Basic Overview of Kanban

Kanban Board

Basic Overview of Kanban Learning about Kanban can be a great way to help improve just about any production process. While the word may sound odd to most people, the processes involved have been proven effective for nearly half a century. The concept was first developed at Toyota, and has now been accepted by thousands

What Does a Lean Hospital Look Like?

Healthcare, Hospital, Lean

Lean manufacturing principles may have originated in manufacturing industries, but in recent years they’ve been used quite effectively in the healthcare industry, too. This topic is covered in a podcast over at Mark Graban’s Lean Blog, in which Graban interviews Paul Plsek, author of the book Accelerating Health Care Transformation with Lean and Innovation: The

One-Piece Flow – A Lean Strategy Applied to Clothing Making

Sewing, Clothing Making

Janska, a women’s clothing company that strives to keep all of its manufacturing in the U.S., recently found a way to increase sewing productivity and revenue by using a lean strategy commonly used in industrial manufacturing workplaces: one-piece flow. This method has each person on an assembly line—in this case, each sewer—perform one step of