Principle number 8 of the Toyota Way, as defined in Jeffrey Liker’s book of the same name states: Use only reliable, thoroughly tested technology that serves your people and processes. Software code is mostly reliable once it is set up, not prone to the wear and tear of material things,
Month: September 2008
Mike Wroblewski brought back more than a kimono from his benchmarking trip to Japan. His souvenir was of far greater value. In Japanese it is called the spirit of wa, or harmony. There is a great real life story on Mike’s Got Boondoggle? blog where he models the ideal behavior
In this video I demonstrate how to use this Takt Time Calculator. Feel free to download the calculator and use it however you see fit. And if you’d like to learn more about what takt time is be sure to check out our Transforming Your Value Streams course where we
Elimination of the “3 mu” is at the heart of kaizen and lean management. The three Japanese words are muri, mura and muda. The latter is most commonly known as waste and categorized in the 7 types of overproduction, inventory, defects, transportation, waiting, motion and the waste of processing itself.
How do you calculate takt time when there are regular changeover times within the production process? There are several ways to answer this question. 1. Take changeover time out of net available time. Let’s say we have a food packaging line that runs for 10 net available hours per shift
Since I live in the DFW area and travel a lot… I’ve gotten pretty familiar with American Airlines. I should eclipse the magical “Executive Platinum” status within the next month – something that makes me feel sort of sad if you want my honest feeling! Anyhow, I came across this
This week I am in the land of takt time: Germany. A banner on a railroad underpass for a local news program advertised “news at 60 minute takt.” An 80-year old black-and-white photograph at a local museum had a caption of workers building zeppelin airship parts “at machine takt” paced
Our friends at Sourcing Innovation are running a cross-blogging series on the Seven Grand Challenges for Supply & Spend Management (thus the grand title above), and below is my contribution. What will be the seven grand challenges for supply chains over the next twenty five years? 1. Putting safety first.
Here’s the situation… the cycle time to produce one unit in our widget making factory is 300 seconds and the takt time for this product is 50 seconds per piece. In other words, in order to satisfy customer demand we need to produce a finish unit every 50 seconds. How
One of the best ways I’ve found to explain various lean and six sigma topics to others is to use examples from real life. After all, not everyone makes cars or the mirrors that go on cars… so many of the examples we read about in the various lean and/or