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  • 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

  • Look before you leap

    Due diligence is needed prior to embarking on any improvement plan Lean included.
    07.12.11

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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