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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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Published October 4, 2011
Everything you do, from door to dock, is what makes up your value stream. Read More »
Published January 18, 2011
Visual controls are some of the most commonly used tools in the Lean toolbox. They, along with other tools such as 5S, quick changeover, point of use storage and a Kanban system, can have tremendous impact on any operation and help to identify waste… Read More »
Published October 11, 2010
Several times over the past few years I have written, both here in this column and on my blog, that I consider myself to be a perpetual student when it comes to all things Lean. While the word Lean may be relatively new when applied to the… Read More »
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