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Lean: It’s About Time
By Tom Southworth
Published July 21, 2014
Converters must always have a plan, and plan to use their time wisely. Read More »
To be continued…
By Tom Southworth
Published 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… Read More »
Don’t go Lean
By Tom Southworth
Published April 19, 2012
That got your attention, didn’t it? What on earth do I mean, don’t go Lean? Read More »
By Tom Southworth
Published 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… Read More »
By Tom Southworth
Published 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… Read More »
Published June 14, 2010
The L&NW columnist and Lean Manufacturing guru is recognized for his contributions to manufacturing. Read More »
Published September 17, 2007
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… Read More »
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Need the formula for success? Join our experts as they offer their perspectives on the most relevant issues affecting the industry today. From the Editor Steve Katz’s ruminations on the evolving state of the industry.… Read More »
Published May 8, 2009
In today's difficult economy, with ultra competitive pricing, demands for fast turn times, and the availability of cash and credit severely restricted, companies must do their best to get the most out of what they have, and that includes their people… Read More »
Quality Toolkit
Published March 6, 2009
Abraham Maslow once said, "When the only tool you have is a hammer, all problems begin to resemble nails." In today's bleak economic environment, many people are armed only with a hammer and are tempted to start swinging away at the myriad of problem… Read More »
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