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  • To be continued…

    To be continued…

    Tom Southworth || May 22, 2012
    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…

  • 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.

  • It's Easy Being Green

    April 11, 2011
    Here it is, spring, that time of year when we turn to cleaning, cleaning and more cleaning, all in an attempt to clear the winter blues from our minds and from our surroundings. Time to go from the blues to green, but why is it that we focus on being…

  • 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-…

  • Southworth honored with national award

    June 14, 2010
    The L&NW columnist and Lean Manufacturing guru is recognized for his contributions to manufacturing.

  • Job Relations

    March 30, 2010
    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…

  • Clean Manufacturing

    March 31, 2009
    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…