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Deming’s Principles of Training and Leadership

  Today let’s have a short discussion on training and leadership as it pertains to the W. Edwards Deming training and leadership model. The aim of leadership is simply to improve the performance of man and machine. If done correctly … Continue reading

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Is TPS Evolving?

I read an article recently that piques my interest. In a March 15th article entitled “What after lean?”  Abe Eshkenazi Chief Operating Officer of APICS discussed what could be some important changes soon at Toyota. These changes could expand Toyota’s … Continue reading

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What is Six Sigma? – Quick Version

Six Sigma is simply a quality measurement system to drive process output to near perfection or zero defects. Go figure organizations strive for perfection what a novel ideal; I can’t even get them to answer the phone. If you work … Continue reading

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Planning for Manufacturing Rework

In complex manufacturing rework is simply a part of doing business. Rework for this discussing is simply reprocessing of a part or service due a non-conformance.   If you’re student of lean you surely understand this is simply a waste … 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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Lean Inventory – Beyond Cycle Counting

This discussion should be a no brainier to true lean practitioners however for some reason this point oftentimes is not driven throughout the organization.   Why is real time inventory accuracy so important? The high level reason that investors want … Continue reading

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10 Practical Manufacturing Rework Tips

Scrap and rework are an incredible drain on company resources. Throughout their lean journey some (probably most) companies go through an almost circular view of scrap and rework. Scrap is too high so we must save more products by rework … Continue reading

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Should Lean Be Taught As Science Or Art

I was pondering all things lean while mowing the lawn yesterday. The reoccurring theme was “why does lean training usually sap instead of zap workers”. What is the best approach to teach lean manufacturing, as an art or a science? … Continue reading

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After The Kaikaku

The big Kaikaku event is finally over, the smoke has cleared and the dust has settled. The armies of building contractors along with their heavy equipment have vanished as swiftly as they appeared. Also absent are the great gurus and … Continue reading

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Should Companies Continue to Be Healthcare Providers?

It’s that time of year again you know the benefit dance. Get out your decoder ring and try to figure out which plan to choose. Hmmm… the higher deductible but lower premium or the higher premium and lower deductible. Am … Continue reading

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