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THE BIRDS AND BEES OF LEAN MANUFACTURING

Has your parent company had “The Talk” with you? You know that sometimes awkward talk about Lean Manufacturing principles. Awkward because parent companies themselves have tainted and wasteful pasts and probably isn’t really practicing safe Lean even today. Most companies … Continue reading

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Lean Manufacturing And The Milgram Experiment

During your Lean journey is becomes easy to become discourage and frustrated. The more you become familiar with the tools and philosophies more you become aware of all the conflicting practices within organizations. Those practices produce many conflicting goal which … Continue reading

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Additive Manufacturing: A Game Changer

Throughout the decades I’ve been fortunate enough to witness the evolution manufacturing. I’m sure most of you old time I mean seasoned professionals remember the cam controlled chucking lathes. Cutting those cams to make the tool cut a certain path … Continue reading

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Save Your Sanity with PFEP

PFEP simply stands for Plan For Every Part. A simple material control concept from the past resurrected and touted as a new transformative process. PFEP simply stands for Plan For Every Part . Material Control professionals first thought after introduction … Continue reading

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Lean Kryptonite – Running To The Numbers

From my perspective the largest cause of failure for lean initiatives is continuing to run the company by the numbers. You know the month, quarter and year end projections. I recognize to remain in business companies must have goals, objective … Continue reading

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Lean Tools 101 – Run Chart

During our lean journey we oftentimes become overwhelmed with the jargon, anecdotes and theories. In our rush to out “Toyota” one another some of the foundational tools are lost in the process or simply taught in passing. I’ve seen leaders … Continue reading

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Explain it with IQR !

Are you constantly tasked to reduce inventory? Having difficulty explaining proper inventory levels to higher ups that only see dollars? Is it to the point whereas you’re reducing the good inventory along with the bad? It’s time to adopt Inventory … Continue reading

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Tribal Knowledge in Lean Manufacturing

During your usual lean implementation meetings there is a reference to “Tribal Knowledge”. Typically it’s presented with a somewhat negative connotation. General speaking tribal knowledge is defined as “collective wisdom of an organization past down from one employee to another”. … Continue reading

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Harry’s Law of Inventory Management

Flow down requirements then let God sort it out. That seems to be a common practice in today’s manufacturing environment.   During order entry and subsequent maintenance a trained inventory manager can easily discern rather a customer is simply dumping … Continue reading

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Stock Room Clerks the Sentries of Inventory

One common excess inventory driver is a direct result errant transaction within storerooms of companies. The problem is easy to correct with proper training however these errors usually go unnoticed except by material planning personnel who are experienced in tracing … Continue reading

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