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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 April 17, 2007
Southworth Consulting LLC, of Niantic, CT, USA, has recently launched and specializes in assisting printers and other graphic arts firms in the elimination of waste and inefficiency using the principles commonly known as “Lean Manufacturing&rdq… 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 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… Read More »
Published January 15, 2010
Whoa! I can hear you saying it now: "What is this guy thinking – it's not good to be green?" Of course it is, you say. Environmental stewardship is a key business measurement, a worthy goal to strive towards. I've written about the environment,… Read More »
Published September 3, 2009
It seems as though I struck a chord in many people with my last column on training. "You hit on my biggest hot button" was one reader's comment. "An especially good piece," said another. "Loved the article, and share a common belief in the value of e… Read More »



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