Lean

Five Green Belt Projects Rock with a Combined Yearly Savings of $743,000!

Last fall I had the opportunity to conduct a Lean Six Sigma training class at Kent State University, Trumbull Branch.  The training concentrates on teaching the participants how to identify and eliminate waste using the various lean techniques and how to reduce process variation by concentrating on the 6M’s (Man, Machine, Material, Method, Measurement, and Mother Nature).  Participants...

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A Little Workplace Organization Can Make A Tremendous Difference!

Ever watch employees in your company perform their jobs?  It can be a real eye opener when you observe employees running around looking for tools and equipment to do their job.  With just a little effort and organization, large gains can be made in making a company more efficient and productive.  Here are just some of the benefits of becoming more organized: Less downtime Better...

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Learn to Work Smarter, Not Harder!

Many employees go to work each day frustrated because of all the non-value-added activities that occur in their work day.  Good, accurate information is hard to get, answering all the emails that come each day, interruptions that occur, and unproductive meetings are just some examples of the daily activities that cause anxiety and frustration.  On top of all this, no one seems to care and the...

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What One Company Did to Reduce Inventory and Free-up Floorspace

Inventory affects companies in various ways.  A client of my recently made a startling discover.  Their floor space is very restricted and tight would be an understatement!  In looking at how they could free up space, they found that the cardboard boxes they used to package their final products were taking up a considerable amount of it.  In fact they had roughly one hundred different box...

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Reducing Machine Changeover Time, It’s Not As Hard As You Think!

Let’s face it, machine changeover time is a non-value-added activity that can really impact your uptime and your ability to respond to customer demand.  Reducing changeover time is usually one of the first projects a company undertakes when they start a lean journey.  The changeover process must go smoothly and efficiently.  A good analogy is to think of a Nascar driver making a pit...

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Are You a True Leader?

Oliver Wendell Holmes once stated that there are three kinds of people.  First, there are the small few, perhaps 5 percent, who make things happen.  Second, there is a larger group, perhaps 10 percent to 15 percent of the population, who watch what is happening.  The third group is the vast majority, perhaps 80 percent, who have no idea what is happening. I was reminded of his statement this...

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