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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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Ask the Expert: Lean Leadership — When Is It Time to Automate a Process?

07/21/2017 6:410 comments
Ask the Expert: Lean Leadership — When Is It Time to Automate a Process?

Question: How do you decide when it is time to automate a process?” Answer: Many of our readers likely have faced this question in their own businesses so I hope some of you will share your experiences of how you answered this question. In the meantime, here’s my take on […]

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How Digitalization is Changing the Economics of Lean Manufacturing Supply Chain

How Digitalization is Changing the Economics of Lean Manufacturing Supply Chain

DESCRIPTION While the notion of lean manufacturing has been the cornerstone of operational efficiency in manufacturing for several decades, it’s the advent of digital manufacturing that is truly catapulting lean to another level. The digitalization of processes along the entire continuum of the manufacturing supply chain, starting with a product’s […]

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SCM to show lean concepts for cabinets, closets at AWFS Fair

SCM to show lean concepts for cabinets, closets at AWFS Fair

LAS VEGAS – SCM’s display at AWFS Fair this week will include more than 12,000 square feet of equipment, demonstrations of Industry 4.0 and lean manufacturing, seminars and other activities. Featured equipment will include edgebanders with SCM’s AirFusion, PU Box L (PUR glue system) and the SGP glue pot as […]

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Artel Participates in Study Mission Workshop at Lean Operations Summit

Artel Participates in Study Mission Workshop at Lean Operations Summit

Artel, a long-time believer and practitioner of efficient practices throughout its organization, will host and participate in an intensive on-site Study Mission led by Alan G. Robinson, Ph.D., prestigious educator and author, as part of the 2017 Lean Operations Summit (August 10th). Working closely with Artel specialists, as well as […]

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How the Six Sigma Mindset Helped This Business Owner Succeed

07/10/2017 6:120 comments
How the Six Sigma Mindset Helped This Business Owner Succeed

While small businesses don’t generate the same volume of products and services or have the same level of organizational complexity as big corporations, evaluating and improving processes is critical for success. Systems and processes that help a business run like a well-oiled machine is the premise of the management technique […]

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Manufacturing Software Helps Aerospace Assembler Track Production

Manufacturing Software Helps Aerospace Assembler Track Production

Airline passengers may not be familiar with the manufacturer SAFRAN Landing Systems (SLS). But, for the past decade, the company’s braking, landing and monitoring systems have enabled millions of passengers to arrive safely at their destinations. SLS is a large company (more than 7,000 employees), with design and manufacturing facilities […]

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How Serious Is Freudenberg Medical About Lean Manufacturing?

How Serious Is Freudenberg Medical About Lean Manufacturing?

I’ve visited loads of processors who talk up their lean journey and staying on the path of continuous improvement, but Freudenberg Medical’s injection molding operation in Baldwin Park, Calif., goes way past lip service when it comes to lean. The Baldwin Park facility will be the focus of our On […]

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Lean Manufacturing Begins With Layout, Commitment

Lean Manufacturing Begins With Layout, Commitment

After enough one-size-fits-all initiatives, lean manufacturing can lose its luster. After all, the Toyota Production System (TPS) that forms much of the basis of modern lean thinking doesn’t apply perfectly to every manufacturing operation, particularly job shops. And yet, the experience of at least one manufacturer shows that the perfect […]

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Ask the Expert – Lean Leadership: Our Daily Huddle Meetings are Exercises in Frustration

06/26/2017 5:300 comments
Ask the Expert – Lean Leadership: Our Daily Huddle Meetings are Exercises in Frustration

Question: Lean manufacturing has come to our office, and we are very excited about the process. However, our manager has begun holding “huddle” meetings every morning that tend to last between 15 and 45 minutes. Our department is very busy, and these meetings are creating additional stress. To make matters […]

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Learn Kaizen to Fight Your Laziness, One Minute Japanese Trick That Will Change Your Life

Learn Kaizen to Fight Your Laziness, One Minute Japanese Trick That Will Change Your Life

Laziness is something that most of us are trying to overcome. However, with Kaizen method being employed, such struggle might easily be obliterated. Kaizen is a Japanese technique that is believed and claimed by many as one of the best solutions against laziness. This one-minute method will help a lazy […]

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