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  • Adding value with Lean Manufacturing

    Adding value with Lean Manufacturing

    Rock LaManna || November 17, 2015
    A Lean approach can instantly increase a company's overall value.

  • Don’t go Lean

    Don’t go Lean

    Tom Southworth || April 19, 2012
    That got your attention, didn’t it? What on earth do I mean, don’t go Lean?

  • Gemba walks

    Tom Southworth || March 8, 2012
    Let me start off by asking you a question. Have you heard of the word gemba before and, if you have, what does gemba mean to you?  Gemba is a Japanese word that means the real or actual place. Walking the gemba, the real or actual place, is a k…

  • The Value of a Value Stream Map

    October 4, 2011
    Everything you do, from door to dock, is what makes up your value stream.

  • Flexo Press Economics

    Flexo Press Economics

    April 11, 2011
    New press technology and Lean practices are cutting down time, labor and waste - and growing profits.

  • 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,…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Kanban

    January 15, 2008
    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…