Lean Continuous Improvement

The 5 Tenets of Lean

December 12, 2013

by Matin Karbassioon

If you’re considering implementing Lean Manufacturing, here’s an opportunity to become more familiar with the tenets of Lean. Identify Value It’s a simple question, “What does the customer value?” But this is actually one of the toughest elements of Lean. Customers want quality products or services, delivered at the right time, in the right quantities, and obviously at the...(continue reading)

Improving Plant Layout with Lean Flow

December 09, 2013

by Roy Laun

If you’re moving your manufacturing operation or running up against capacity constraints, your company has a perfect opportunity to benefit from improved plant layout using the principles of lean flow. We can sometimes fall prey to a series of bad habits, leaving equipment and inventory where they are because it’s convenient – yet not efficient. This is a trap...(continue reading)

How to Reduce Rework and Scrap to Improve Cash Flow

December 05, 2013

by Bill Kirchherr

Any amount of scrap or rework you’re experiencing in your operations points to an opportunity for improvement. The biggest challenge is discovering the root cause of the issue so you can make the improvements that will allow you to approach the goal of 100% quality. Otherwise you will be stuck in an endless loop of fixing the symptoms of...(continue reading)

Managing Your Production Schedule to Improve On-Time Delivery

December 04, 2013

by Bill Caplan

Small Intervals in Lean Production Scheduling These days, customers expect you to be shortening your overall lead times – meet the delivery promise 100% of the time and have perfect quality.  Delivery performance metrics are a big issue that can help you drive new business. If you can improve your delivery performance and thereby increase customer satisfaction, you’ve just...(continue reading)

Capacity or Growth: Which Comes First?

December 02, 2013

by Bill Caplan

Bill Caplan Business Growth Consultant It can be a bit of a “chicken or the egg” situation deciding which to pursue first: increased capacity to meet growing demand, or increased growth to fill excess capacity. The best answer is: both, simultaneously; maximizing capacity and responding to growth opportunities for manufacturers should occur in tandem. Take a Strategic View Lean...(continue reading)

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