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  • Don’t go Lean

    Don’t go Lean

    That got your attention, didn’t it? What on earth do I mean, don’t go Lean?
    Tom Southworth 04.19.12

  • 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

  • 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

  • Developing a Lean Thinking Workforce

    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…
    08.27.10

  • 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

  • Words of the masters

    For this month's column I've decided to publish some quotes that I've come across over the past few years that, I feel, help drive home some of the basic precepts of Lean Manufacturing. The first quote comes from a United States Army manual titled…
    11.16.09

  • 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

  • SOUTHWORTH CONSULTING, Niantic, CT, USA Tom Southworth,

    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…
    09.17.07

  • 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