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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 Value of a Value Stream Map

    Everything you do, from door to dock, is what makes up your value stream.
    10.04.11

  • You say tomato, I say tomato

    Several times over the past few years I have written, both here in this column and on my blog, that I consider myself to be a perpetual student when it comes to all things Lean. While the word Lean may be relatively new when applied to the…
    10.11.10

  • 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

  • Becoming Lean

    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…
    08.21.08

  • 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

  • Oil and inventory don't mix

    Rising oil costs are socking everyone in the wallet, and converters are not immune to the effects. Oil costs impact many line items on a converter's P&L, including raw material, utilities and freight. Petroleum and its derivatives are used:…
    06.28.07