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  • Don’t go Lean

    Don’t go Lean

    Tom Southworth || April 19, 2012
    That got your attention, didn’t it? What on earth do I mean, don’t go Lean?

  • 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.

  • Look before you leap

    July 12, 2011
    Due diligence is needed prior to embarking on any improvement plan Lean included.

  • 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…

  • Developing a Lean Thinking Workforce

    August 27, 2010
    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…

  • Cortegra

    Cortegra

    Jack Kenny || May 7, 2010
    Implementation of Lean principles has enabled this healthcare packager to reduce waste, raise capacity and lower costs, thereby retaining customers and capturing new business.

  • Survival Kit

    January 14, 2009
    So the economy is in the tank and not coming out anytime soon. What's a business owner to do? For many it might be a knee-jerk reaction to cut costs. That usually means cutting people, and that would be a huge mistake. It's not your people Your…