• Job Methods

    May 7, 2010
    Keeping with the theme from the last issue – Training Within Industry – this month's column is going to focus on Job Methods, the third major Job or "J" program that was part of the original Training Within Industry Services and conducted…

  • Job Relations

    March 30, 2010
    A while back I introduced the topic Training Within Industry, the phenomenally successful program that was implemented at the outset of World War II and was credited with turning the United States from a depression-era, mostly agricultural society in…

  • The 800-pound gorilla

    March 15, 2010
    For the past several weeks I've been getting bombarded with calls, emails and tweets about the enormous number of vehicles being recalled by Toyota and what it means or says about the Toyota Production System and Lean in general. In one form or anoth…

  • It's not good to be green

    January 15, 2010
    Whoa! I can hear you saying it now: "What is this guy thinking – it's not good to be green?" Of course it is, you say. Environmental stewardship is a key business measurement, a worthy goal to strive towards. I've written about the environment,…

  • Words of the masters

    November 16, 2009
    For this month's column I've decided to publish some quotes that I've come across over the past few years that, I feel, help drive home some of the basic precepts of Lean Manufacturing. The first quote comes from a United States Army manual titled…

  • Don't fall back

    October 7, 2009
    I was struggling to come up with a suitable topic for this month's issue when my wife suggested something related to the upcoming autumnal equinox, "falling back," and "What could a company do with that extra hour?" Light bulbs (eco-friendly, of cour…

  • Training II: So what's your plan?

    September 3, 2009
    It seems as though I struck a chord in many people with my last column on training. "You hit on my biggest hot button" was one reader's comment. "An especially good piece," said another. "Loved the article, and share a common belief in the value of e…

  • Training

    July 7, 2009
    If you were to do a search of company mission statements you would probably find that many companies, if not a majority, make the claim that their employees are their most important asset, or something to that effect. It's a nice statement, but is it…

  • Total productive maintenance

    May 8, 2009
    In today's difficult economy, with ultra competitive pricing, demands for fast turn times, and the availability of cash and credit severely restricted, companies must do their best to get the most out of what they have, and that includes their people…

  • Clean Manufacturing

    March 31, 2009
    If there's a bustle in your hedgerow don't be alarmed now, it's just a spring clean for the May Queen. Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run there's still time to change the road you're on. – James Patrick Page and Rob…

  • Quality Toolkit

    March 6, 2009
    Abraham Maslow once said, "When the only tool you have is a hammer, all problems begin to resemble nails." In today's bleak economic environment, many people are armed only with a hammer and are tempted to start swinging away at the myriad of problem…

  • Survival Kit

    January 14, 2009
    So the economy is in the tank and not coming out anytime soon. What's a business owner to do? For many it might be a knee-jerk reaction to cut costs. That usually means cutting people, and that would be a huge mistake. It's not your people Your…

  • Training Within Industry

    November 13, 2008
    You've had what you feel is a successful launch of your Lean initiative. You've held company wide meetings to explain the what, why and how; you've conducted training sessions on Lean, identified what your customers consider to be value; created valu…

  • Steering the wrong course

    October 8, 2008
    Over the past year I've written about ways that you, the label converter, can make successful inroads on your Lean journey. This month we'll take a different tack and discuss how things can go wrong, terribly wrong, and derail or even stop your journ…

  • Becoming Lean

    August 21, 2008
    If you are, like I am, a student of Lean, you know that there is neither a "roadmap" or timetable on becoming Lean, and that makes the journey seem to be more difficult than it needs to be. Everyone's journey has been and will be different, but the m…

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