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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 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…

  • The Value of a Value Stream Map

    October 4, 2011
    Everything you do, from door to dock, is what makes up your value stream.

  • What's it all about, Alfie?

    March 11, 2011
    Lean, more popularly (and in my opinion, misguidedly) referred to as "Lean Manufacturing," has been getting a slow reception and even a bad rap in many commercial and industrial communities, and the print industry is not immune to this criticism. I s…

  • 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-…

  • Job Methods

    May 7, 2010
    Keeping with the theme from the last issue – Training Within Industry – this month's column is going to focus on Job Methods, the third major Job or "J" program that was part of the original Training Within Industry Services and conducted…

  • 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…