Category Archives: Lean Manufacturing

Kanban at Home

As you may already know, Kanban cards are used to indicate the need to replenish inventory.  They are a good tool to help minimize batch sizes and inventory. Here is an example of using Kanban at home.  Hopefully most readers … Continue reading

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Do You Have a Lean Gas Tank?

I’ve already mentioned that I recently started reading The Toyota Way again.  Jeffrey Liker has a great example that illustrates an important Lean principal in a simple way.  He does a good job of illustrating Pull Systems, Just-In-Time (JIT), and Kanban with this … Continue reading

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Defining a Lean Culture is a Matter of Character (Part 2)

Yesterday, we took a stab at defining a Lean enterprise as a company that spreads Lean thinking across its entire organization. Those who find success embody a set of distinct characteristics that can help us understand what it means to … Continue reading

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Defining a Lean Organization is a Matter of Character

Lean is all about respecting people while eliminating Muri (overburdening), Mura (unevenness), and Muda (non value added activity) in all business processes. It is a philosophy which embodies a manufacturing culture of continuous improvement based on setting standards aimed at … Continue reading

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Lean Pizza

My wife and I decided to partake in a great Midwestern tradition by ordering a Friday night pizza not too long ago.  Pizza is very popular in Chicago where you will find many choices of styles and pizzerias.  Thankfully we … Continue reading

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Just In Time

Just-in-Time (JIT) inventory focuses on having the right inventory (raw material, packaging supplies, WIP, or finished product), in the right place, at the right time, and at the right quantity – some would even say the exact quantity.  Inventory is … Continue reading

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Deming & Your Kaizen Success

Have you created training for one of your teams before?  I am in the process of developing training material for a Kaizen Team with a new client.  Starting with a clean slate, as I am today always gets me thinking. … Continue reading

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Indiana Dunes and Going to the Gemba

It’s a partly cloudy but pleasant day as my wife and I along with our youngest son get into the car for a day trip.  The temperature is warmer than normal for early March and we are looking forward to … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Handle Set Backs in Your Lean World

The Harvard Business Review is a great source of information.  A recent article by Teresa Amabile and Steve Kramer is titled Three Ways to Turn Setbacks into Progress.  While this article is aimed at the workplace in general, it is … Continue reading

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5 Reasons You Need to Do a DMAIC

[tweetmeme]John, the Production Manager of a food manufacturing plant is having a good day.  At least until the Quality Manager bursts into his office:  “John, I can’t believe that your operators can’t put a seal on a jar.” John is … Continue reading

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