Tag Archives: Manufacturing

SPC…One Great Point

I recently asked the question, SPC…What’s the point? in a post that was more about leadership than SPC.  That blog stressed that Lean Leaders don’t implement systems like Statistical Process Control unless their team has the knowledge and tools required to … Continue reading

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Excellence…

“Excellence is not a skill. It’s an attitude.” ~~K A R I N   L I N D N E R, author of How Can We Make Manufacturing Sexy? How Can We Make Manufacturing Sexy? is do out today (April 25).  I … Continue reading

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#3 – Procedures?

Our march through the top 10 Lean Leadership blogs of 2011 continues with #3, Why Don’t People Follow Procedures: It’s a cold and rainy morning as John, a new Production Manager, is driving to the plant.  He implemented a new … Continue reading

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Lean Leadership for Introverts

If you are an introvert taking on a new leadership role, you are not alone.  Introverts are taking on new leadership roles all the time.  These roles can be that of a young engineer put in charge of a Kaizen … Continue reading

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Just Say No

It’s Friday afternoon in late summer.  Our Production Manager, John, is sitting in his well-organized office with noise from the manufacturing floor in the background.  He is just about ready to enjoy the weekend but is taking time to plan … Continue reading

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Running Lean

Lean Manufacturing helps New Balance keep production in America!  Yes, of shoes.  At a time when most shoes seem to come from Indonesia, China, and Vietnam, a quality running shoe is produced in the USA. There are several advantages of domestic … Continue reading

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6 Lean Leadership Keys from the Toast Guy

[tweetmeme] Bruce Hamilton is President of the Greater Boston Manufacturing Project and a seasoned Lean Practitioner.  He may be best known as the Toast Guy because of his popular training video Toast Kaizen.  I recently came across a great article … Continue reading

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Will Volkswagen’s New Factory Help the US Maintain It’s Edge?

[tweetmeme]A significant event happened this week in the world of manufacturing.  You may recall a post titled US Factories Maintain Edge? where we discussed how the United States is still the world’s #1 manufacturer but many project that China will overcome the US … Continue reading

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Get the Big Picture

[tweetmeme]The Toyota Way Fieldbook is an interesting read for Lean thinkers looking to sharpen their sword.  Chapter 14 is titled Develop a Thorough Understanding and states that if we fail to look at a problem in the larger context we … Continue reading

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4 Brutal Truths from the Lean Journey

[tweetmeme]Millikan & Co. is a company consisting of multinational textile and chemical companies.  They have been a leader in Lean Manufacturing since the 1990’s and were recently featured in Industry Week.  Millikan customized the Toyota Production System to fit their … Continue reading

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