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Why Many Lean Projects Fail

If you have worked in any moderately large manufacturing environment surely you have witnessed multiple iterations of Lean Programs. By now everyone from finance, engineering, human resources, quality, manufacturing and procurement consider themselves experts in lean manufacturing techniques. Just ask … Continue reading

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5 Reasons to Focus on Culture Transformation of Business

By Charlotte Kelly Culture Transformation is one of our biggest business buzzwords in recent time. But what does it really mean for business, and why is everyone talking about it? At heart, Corporate culture is the collection of values, visions, missions, and … Continue reading

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The Promise of ERP

By Guest Contributor Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software implementation is a business trend that show no signs of stopping, albeit growing at a slower pace than in the past.  For many growing businesses ERP seems like the ‘obvious’ solution to … Continue reading

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Personalized Business Approach, Still a Win!

With the world seemingly being taken over by large impersonal conglomerates, one swallowing up another, it’s nice to know that there are still down to earth companies and CEOs out there.   A great example is Michael Thorn.  No, you’ve never … Continue reading

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GOOD PEOPLE IN BAD SYSTEMS

One memorable quote of W. Edwards Deming was “A bad system will beat a good person every time”. This is relevant because most organizations focused primarily on developing people not processes. The stars of these organizations are those who know … Continue reading

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WITHOUT INVENTORY FLOW AND FIFO DON’T MIX

The purpose of lean manufacturing is simply to eliminate waste and increase value for customers and shareholders. The theory is to have optimum linkage and flow throughout your value stream. The rate of your production should match the rate of … 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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LEAN MANUFACTURING – WAITING ON SUPERMAN

Waiting on Superman is a fascinating documentary critiquing America’s educational system which has become so large and complex that it no longer meets the needs of the end customer, the student. The primary goal of educating our children is lost … 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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The Reverse B.S. Principle and Lean

While reading blogs I came across one that continually comes to mind in my lean journey. The post was entitled the “Reverse [B.S]. Principle” Written by Elsiem see excerpt below.   The Reverse [B.S.] Principle “The reverse [B.S] principle holds … Continue reading

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