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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

  • 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

  • The Value of a Value Stream Map

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

  • 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

  • Southworth honored with national award

    The L&NW columnist and Lean Manufacturing guru is recognized for his contributions to manufacturing.
    06.14.10

  • Job Relations

    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…
    03.30.10

  • Treasure Maps

    Last issue we explored the subject of waste and how easy it can be to get started on eliminating much of the wastes that exist in print shops today. The key, if you remember, is that in order to eliminate these wastes you must first be able to see th…
    09.27.07