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  • Lean Manufacturing

    Lean Manufacturing

    Converters and suppliers look for new ways to drive efficiency and reduce waste.
    Greg Hrinya, Associate Editor 10.06.17

  • Omet focusing on multi-process presses, Lean printing

    Omet focusing on multi-process presses, Lean printing

    The Omet Group’s turnover in 2011 was the highest its ever been – $89 million, of which $64 million came from the company’s machines division, which is responsible for the production of narrow and mid-web printing presses and tissue…
    05.22.12

  • Don’t go Lean

    Don’t go Lean

    That got your attention, didn’t it? What on earth do I mean, don’t go Lean?
    Tom Southworth 04.19.12

  • The 3P’s of kaizen

    Lean practitioners are familiar with Production Preparation Process, or 3P, which enables organizations to eliminate waste using a rigorous, structured process. Many companies are familiar with eliminating waste through kaizen, or continuous improvem…
    Tom Southworth 01.18.12

  • Muda, mura, muri

    Over the past few years we've tackled what is considered to be the major focal point of any Lean enterprise: the complete elimination of waste. These wastes, for any manufacturing environment, are often expressed with an easy to remember acronym-cum-…
    11.11.10

  • Developing a Lean Thinking Workforce

    So much time and energy has been spent and will continue to be spent on learning and using the tools of Lean that we've all become very familiar with. Tools like value stream mapping, 5S, point-of-use-storage and kanban can be easy to understand sinc…
    08.27.10

  • Enterprise-wide Lean

    This issue will mark three years since I first starting writing the Printing Lean column for Label & Narrow Web. In some ways it seems like it was just yesterday that Jack Kenny and I were having a conversation about contributing something to the…
    07.14.10

  • Kanban

    It happens every time I visit a client. "Here's our kanban", they exclaim and I, naturally, start looking around for a card, or a sign, or a signal of some sort. In other words, I start looking for a kanban. When I ask where this mysterious kanban is…
    01.15.08

  • Lean Manufacturing Blogs

    Lean Manufacturing is not about cars anymore. Lean is becoming popular in all kinds of industries, including label converting. Label & Narrow Web just started a column last issue devoted to this very topic. So I thought we should explore what is bein…
    08.31.07