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  • 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 3P’s of kaizen

    Tom Southworth || January 18, 2012
    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…

  • Look before you leap

    July 12, 2011
    Due diligence is needed prior to embarking on any improvement plan Lean included.

  • A War on Waste

    May 24, 2011
    There are approximately 12 million people working in manufacturing in the United States at roughly 332,000 companies. Most of these employees work for small to mid-size firms, those employing 250 or fewer people. Ninety-seven percent of manufacturing…

  • Muda, mura, muri

    November 11, 2010
    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-…

  • Developing a Lean Thinking Workforce

    August 27, 2010
    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…

  • Survival Kit

    January 14, 2009
    So the economy is in the tank and not coming out anytime soon. What's a business owner to do? For many it might be a knee-jerk reaction to cut costs. That usually means cutting people, and that would be a huge mistake. It's not your people Your…

  • Training Within Industry

    November 13, 2008
    You've had what you feel is a successful launch of your Lean initiative. You've held company wide meetings to explain the what, why and how; you've conducted training sessions on Lean, identified what your customers consider to be value; created valu…