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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...

  • 5 Whys

    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. ASQ.

    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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How to Avoid One of the Biggest Mistakes Plant Leadership Makes

01/11/2018 15:480 comments
How to Avoid One of the Biggest Mistakes Plant Leadership Makes

     Are you in danger of signing up for more than you can resource? Here’s expert advice on how to prevent “death by a thousand initiatives.” Question for Ask the Expert: Lean Leadership: In one of your early columns, you wrote: “This is one of the biggest mistakes that […]

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What are the 7 wastes killing business efficiency?

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What are the 7 wastes killing business efficiency?

The 7 wastes are activities identified in an organization that do not add value but cost money. It is estimated that only 5% of our time actually adds value to the customer; if this indeed is true, it means that every company can learn from the 7 wastes to cut out wasteful processes and increase the percentage of value […]

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Lean Manufacturing and Industry 4.0

01/02/2018 14:450 comments
Lean Manufacturing and Industry 4.0

At UGN, one of our core operating principles is sustainability. That means minimizing waste to improve efficiency, add value, and refine the manufacturing process for our automotive products when and where we can. Lean manufacturing methodology is still considered a best practice in automotive manufacturing circles, despite increased Industry 4.0 […]

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Lean Manufacturing Communication Strategies: Visual Controls Provide Quick, Efficient Communication

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Lean Manufacturing Communication Strategies: Visual Controls Provide Quick, Efficient Communication

The new president of Pallet Services Corp, Travis Huisman, shares principles of lean communication that he has used in consumer products manufacturing. The Art of Lean: The new president of Pallet Services Corp, Travis Huisman, shares principles of lean communication that he has used in consumer products manufacturing. A picture […]

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Manufacturing in the era of Industry 4.0

12/26/2017 13:550 comments
Manufacturing in the era of Industry 4.0

The topic on the Fourth Industrial Revolution has sparked discussions across various industries, and countries. A study by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) showed that rapid adoption of Industry 4.0 could boost the country’s labour productivity by as much as 30 percent by 2024. Advancements, from smart manufacturing, robotics, to […]

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Lean Manufacturing: Japan Has Figured Out Factories

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Lean Manufacturing: Japan Has Figured Out Factories

Countries hoping to revive manufacturing should look east for answers. Reviving manufacturing has become a prime policy objective for national leaders from Washington to Beijing to New Delhi. We can debate whether chasing factories is worth the effort in the 21st century, but not the difficulty of building and maintaining a robust […]

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How Manufacturing Is Changing to Make Associates the Stars

12/21/2017 13:210 comments
How Manufacturing Is Changing to Make Associates the Stars

Use these lessons from the factory floor to shape a leaner, stronger enterprise. I’ve seen manufacturing change considerably in my 24-year career, especially when it comes to lean practices. This concept of identifying and eliminating waste in the production process, while at the same time adding value the customer is […]

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LEAN MANUFACTURING: Make your tail of SKUs a seamless part of operations

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LEAN MANUFACTURING: Make your tail of SKUs a seamless part of operations

How you make your products needs to change. Consumer desire for more product choice will lead to more changeovers and smaller batches. Your ‘work horse’ manufacturing equipment isn’t suited to change – they’re locked into high speed, fixed product technologies. Agile manufacturing will allow you to embrace this trend, lower […]

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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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