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  • Six Sigma – 6σ

    What is Six Sigma? Six Sigma is a set of techniques and tools for process improvement. It was developed...

  • 5S

    What is 5S? 5S is the name of a workplace organization method that uses a list of five Japanese...

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    What is 5 Whys? The 5 Whys is an iterative question-asking technique used to explore the cause-and-effect...

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    Lean Training Courses. Speaker: ASQ.   Learn how to implement lean. Join one of their Instructor-led...

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    Go Lean to Give Your Customers What They Want When They Want It. Speaker: Society of Manufacturing...

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    Go Lean to Give Your Customers What They Want When They Want It. Speaker: College of Engineering...

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Is Talent or Process Vital to Lean Success? It’s Not Really a Choice

11/27/2017 12:270 comments
Is Talent or Process Vital to Lean Success? It’s Not Really a Choice

In your efforts to improve your lean manufacturing processes, don’t ignore the vital role of talent. There is a common lean phrase, “Bad systems beat good people.” Sometimes it is attributed to Dr. W. Edwards Deming although it isn’t actually his quote. I’ve used it for 20 years but couldn’t […]

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Lean Manufacturing’s Biggest Hidden Challenges

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Lean Manufacturing’s Biggest Hidden Challenges

… from skeptical teammates and worried execs to the frustration of waiting for the results to emerge. Lean manufacturing is perhaps the most popular option for manufacturing operations seeking to improve performance, offering clear results and benefits that beat the competition and reduce time to market. Lean brings together aspects […]

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Seven strategies for manufacturing companies to transition to Industry 4.0

11/20/2017 12:100 comments
Seven strategies for manufacturing companies to transition to Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0, or fourth industrial revolution, is here – and those manufacturing companies that are able to catch up, will win against their competition. Also referred to as “The Smart Factory” or “Connected Industry,” Industry 4.0 involves integrated and automated data and process management. In a “smart factory” all the […]

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Single Piece Flow Spells Success at L.B. Foster Threaded Products

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Single Piece Flow Spells Success at L.B. Foster Threaded Products

In Magnolia, Texas, a tight-knit workforce delivers in a truly lean fashion. Imagine you get the green light to build a new facility in which to manufacture your products in the most optimal way possible. What would it look like? Where would you place your equipment? Would the manufacturing plant […]

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Standing at the Crossroad of Lean Manufacturing and Healthcare

11/13/2017 14:410 comments
Standing at the Crossroad of Lean Manufacturing and Healthcare

The scope of manufacturing goes beyond the attributes of the product, or simply the cost to produce. Helping hospitals improve safety, quality of care and cost requires a holistic approach to the value chain, including the delivery of product at the right time in the right place–and at the right […]

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Why Injection Mold Makers Need Lean Manufacturing

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Why Injection Mold Makers Need Lean Manufacturing

Lean manufacturing helps makers create lean techniques that can assist in building and maintaining most effectual manufacturing business. Lean manufacturing techniques enable cost cutting while improving on quality and production of items in the right quantity and at the right time. One of the key principles in lean manufacturing is […]

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The Right Approach to Continuous Improvement and Lean Manufacturing

11/07/2017 14:060 comments
The Right Approach to Continuous Improvement and Lean Manufacturing

With the right approach to continuous improvement, printing companies can thrive if they’re willing to make the investment. To be successful, a company must recognize that processes are the central part of an operation and must continuously work on improving those processes. To do this, printing companies must shed the […]

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How to Transition Team Members Who Are Resistant to Lean Management

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How to Transition Team Members Who Are Resistant to Lean Management

How can a lean manager overcome fear and resistance to change, in time to turn around a failing company? Four key steps for effecting organizational change. When lean management is implemented to salvage a flailing organization, the existing team faces numerous challenges. A slight exaggeration here, but one day a […]

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What Role Will Big Data Analytics and AI Play in the Future of Lean Manufacturing?

11/02/2017 13:421 comment
What Role Will Big Data Analytics and AI Play in the Future of Lean Manufacturing?

Ask the Expert: Lean Leadership’s Larry Fast says manufacturing is on the cusp of a new age. “We’ll all be wise to sign up and help make it happen.” Question: What role do you view big data analytics and AI playing in the future of lean manufacturing? Answer: Wow, this […]

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Mirroring efficiency: How the automotive supply chain can get leaner

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Mirroring efficiency: How the automotive supply chain can get leaner

In Europe’s most efficient car production plant, 115 cars are created every hour. Through a mixture of robots, experienced staff and lean manufacturing principles, the process is highly efficient, leading to the high output. Here, Hugh Freer, a director of electric tug specialist MasterMover, explains how suppliers to the automotive […]

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