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

OSHA’s Tips for Cold Weather Warehouse Safety

posted on: Tuesday January 3, 2017

For most regions, at least one cold snap has hit by now, and we know: it’s only going to get worse. As we look winter down the barrel, warehouse workers need to ensure they’re prepared to work safely in these conditions. Even indoors, warehouses get dangerously cold in the winter, and it’s just as important… 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

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

Gemba Walk vs Management By Walking Around

posted on: Wednesday October 26, 2016

If you haven’t figured it out by now, Continuous Improvement requires a deep level of engagement and awareness. In order to identify where opportunities for improvement and lean strategies exist, management is encouraged to get out on the floor and interact with workers. This concept has been popularly practiced as Management By Walking Around (MBWA)…. Read more