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  • To be continued…

    To be continued…

    Five years ago, Jack Kenny and I had a conversation about Lean for an article that appeared in Label and Narrow Web. In that article I spoke about how some printers, more specifically label converters, had begun to dabble in some of the Lean tools wi…
    Tom Southworth 05.22.12

  • Gemba walks

    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…
    Tom Southworth 03.08.12

  • What's it all about, Alfie?

    Lean, more popularly (and in my opinion, misguidedly) referred to as "Lean Manufacturing," has been getting a slow reception and even a bad rap in many commercial and industrial communities, and the print industry is not immune to this criticism. I s…
    03.11.11

  • 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

  • Clean Manufacturing

    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…
    03.31.09

  • 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

  • Southworth attains

    Southworth attains Lean certification Tom Southworth, of Southworth Consulting LLC, a Niantic, CT, USA-based productivity consulting firm, recently attained Lean Bronze Certification from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Specializing in Lea…
    09.17.07

  • SOUTHWORTH CONSULTING, Niantic, CT, USA Tom Southworth,

    SOUTHWORTH CONSULTING, Niantic, CT, USA — Tom Southworth, head of the company, recently attained Lean Bronze Certification from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. To become certified, applicants must pass a written exam and a peer review o…
    09.17.07

  • Waste, waste everywhere

    We took a look in the last issue at something that everyone can see — inventory. This time we're tackling another topic that everyone has seen but most have probably overlooked: waste. I'm not talking about material you can't use or sell. I'm t…
    08.31.07