Manufacturing Success: The Culture that Makes Lean Work Part 2

posted on: Wednesday January 11, 2017

In Part 1, we discussed the efforts of Lean Manufacturing and the failing results that many American companies experience. The tools work for some but not others, and since they work so extremely well for Toyota, we need to understand what we are doing wrong. We mentioned this article that thoroughly discusses one popular Lean… Read more

Manufacturing Success: The Culture that Makes Lean Work Part 1

posted on: Monday January 9, 2017

The Lean Manufacturing that is popular today originated in Japan with Toyota. The Western civilization has adapted it with measurable success, but for some companies, efforts fall flat. There doesn’t seem to be a rule of thumb as far as what kind of manufacturer or company size is more or less likely to succeed at… Read more

Pushing a Cart? Pushing your Luck.

posted on: Monday January 2, 2017

Meet Joe. He’s a respectable, hard-working guy who does his job well. Here you see one of the many things he does every day – push a cart filled with units to get from one place to another. Having a cart makes his job easier, right? He can move more units at a time, and… Read more

Manufacturing: Add Manpower Without Hiring Anyone

posted on: Thursday December 15, 2016

The manufacturing industry is aching from a labor shortage that is aggravated by a double-whammy. First, the stellar workforce it has is getting older. Employees can’t physically accomplish what they could a decade or two ago. The jobs are physically demanding, so workers are more vulnerable to injury, and they can’t get things done at… Read more

Simple Tips for a Green, Lean Warehouse

posted on: Monday December 12, 2016

Separate strategies for making a warehouse greener or leaner often complement each other. After all, they both aim to reduce waste and make the most of the resources you have. Since lean practices show such significant financial benefits, it is often the more commonly sought-out approach when it’s time for a change. Looking at the… Read more

4 Best Practices for Managing Seasonal Warehouse Employees

posted on: Thursday November 17, 2016

The holidays are upon us, and if you haven’t already beefed up your warehouse staff, you’re about to. The extra help may give you more hands on deck, but seasonal employees also come with some risks. These individuals don’t have the experience or ingrained knowledge that your veteran workers have. This makes them more vulnerable… Read more

Lean Manufacturing Only Works when you Focus on People

posted on: Tuesday November 15, 2016

Manufacturing has seen some amazing improvements in the last several decades. Tools and equipment make jobs easier and allow more work to be done in less time. These advancements alone, however, do not make manufacturers as successful as possible. Output is not the only factor to measure when you look at overall profit potential. Lean… Read more

The Simplest Way to Start Lean Manufacturing Immediately: 5Cs, Part 2

posted on: Wednesday November 2, 2016

Lean manufacturing really is for everyone, but the strategies to choose from don’t work the same for everyone. Smaller sized manufacturing companies can have a tough time choosing the best starting place for Continuous Improvement. The easiest and best first step is 5C. The 5Cs are: Clear Configure Clean & Check Conformity Consensus or Custom… Read more

The Simplest Way to Start Lean Manufacturing Immediately: 5Cs, Part 1

posted on: Monday October 31, 2016

There is no shortage of resources on lean manufacturing strategies, also known as Kaizen, or Continuous Improvement. These can be overwhelming to sift through and choose from, especially for smaller businesses. Small to medium sized manufacturers have different needs and resources than large ones. Therefore, these companies can have a difficult time deciphering where to… Read more

Performing an Effective Gemba Walk

posted on: Friday October 28, 2016

In our last article, we covered the basic differences between a Gemba Walk and Management By Walking Around. What is most different is the latter takes a structured approach and an intent to identify opportunities to implement lean strategies. One piece of this model is the Gemba Walk Evaluation Sheet. Depending on the manager doing… Read more