Category: Lean Fav

Total 34 Posts

Two Types of Kaizen

The word kaizen is fast becoming a buzz word galore.  You will hear about how people are “doing kaizen” or running a big “kaizen event” next week. Many times folks are in fact executing kaizen’s in an attempt to make things better and I applaud them.In addition to the infamous

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Why Flow Counter Clockwise?

When designing a u-shaped cell it is often recommened that material flow in a counter clockwise direction. Why is this? It’s about the right hand Research shows that most people are right handed. I have heard that as many as 85% to 90% are right handed.  Why does this matter

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Transportation Muda

We spent the last few weeks in Canada visiting family.  We had an awesome trip.  As we were driving from Texas (yes driving with 3 kids more than 2400 miles) I had my eyes peeled for some good lean or six sigma topics.  While driving in North Dakota I noticed

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Kaizen Rules – 9 & 10

This week has been about all things kaizen. I have to come clean and admit I wrote this entire series last weekend as I was preparing to take off on vacation with my family. Thanks to the greatness of WordPress I was able to delay the submission of the posts.

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Why Heijunka – Part 1

B.D. asked, “You’re talking about HOW to do heijunka, but I’m not seeing WHY.”     Great comment B.D.  I will attempt to answer the why here this evening.  Let’s dig into the manufacturing side of things in this article and tomorrow night I will write about heijunka in the front office. Taiichi’s Take

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Tsurube System

After reading some Lean textbooks and possibly attending a conference or two many “Lean Dreams” are crushed when the practitioner is told, “Friend, there ain’t no way we are converting that $4 million paint line into some fancy little cell.  You just go do some more 5S and leave the

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Repent, I mean Hansei!

I never seem to stop learning from my friend Jon Miller.  I wanted to write a post about hansei and thus decided to dig around to see what other bloggers had to say on the topic. I typed hansei into Google and mid way through the first results page I

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