Month: December 2008

Total 19 Posts

HP Printer Pokayoke Example

This is a new HP C7250 printer we purchased a few weeks ago. It’s quite the desktop machine, with built in copier-scanner. Setting up the wireless was a skosh frustrating but all in all a great product. While installing the ink cartridges we came across a good example of pokayoke:

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Let’s Do Kaizen, Not Kaizan

It doesn’t really matter how you pronounce the Japanese word for continuous improvement through total involvement and a focus on the elimination of waste, variability and overburden. The word is kaizen, but you can call it kaizan as long as you do kaizen. For some reason it seems easier to

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Full Court Press Time

“The heights by great men reached and kept, were not obtained by sudden flight. But they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow  Things are going to slow down for me a bit over the next few weeks here on the blog as

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Answers to Lean Thinking Crossword Puzzle #1

Spoiler alert! The answers to Lean Thinking Crossword Puzzle #1 are below. Here are the questions. Seven down is a bit of a pun, with the American spelling of cheque. Across 1. A pillar creates this between man and machine 2. Absolutely safe 3. Genchi genbutsu 4. Don’t make or

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Lean Thinking Crossword Puzzle #1

Here is a quiz we used as a review of lean knowledge for the team on the Gemba tour at the end of the week. Some of these are easy and others are tricky. If you figure it out go ahead and put the answers in the comments section. To

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Field Report from Gemba Tour #62, Part 4

Today was day-long visit to a company who is 13 years on their lean journey. The many valuable points of learning were a mixed bag of lean principles, practical advice and seeing systems in action. We saw many world class examples of low cost intelligent automation. Chaku-chaku lines were built

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Field Report from Gemba Tour #62, Part 3

Today was the Toyota plant tour day of our Japan Kaikaku Experience #62. I noticed a lot more things made of Creform, both inside and outside of the factory. Outside there was a bizarre blue trellis for vines to grow on, a conspicuous frame for planters and flower pots, and

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