Process Improvement

Don’t Get Hung-Up In The Waiting Game

Waiting is a big part of our normal daily lives and something we typically take for granted.  We wait for our first cup of coffee in the morning; we wait at traffic lights on our way to work; we wait for people to show up for a meeting to start; we wait in doctor’s offices; we wait for the end of the day so we can leave work; we wait in checkout lines at the grocery store; and some of us...

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Is Too Much Motion Tiring You Out?

  Masaaki Imai in his book, Gemba Kaizen, A Commonsense, Low-Cost Approach to Management, states that any motion of a person’s body not directly related to adding value is unproductive.  Some examples of motion waste include: Searching for jigs, fixtures, tools, files, etc. Bending to lift heavy loads Turning to retrieve or dispose of products Reaching for components and...

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Transportation Waste Can Create A Huge Burden For Organizations

Transportation is a common source of waste in many companies and includes the excessive and unnecessary movement of materials, products, information and paperwork and often exists where there is disorganization or a lack of clear procedures. Some specific factors that can trigger you to look for transportation waste are: Multiple operational locations where companies split operations among...

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Data Measurement: For Better, For Worse!

All decisions in life, whether personal or professional, are based on available information or data-or at least should be.  Accurate information contributes to good decision-making.  On the other hand, insufficient or inaccurate data contributes to faulty decisions. Measurement is how your company collects data.   But having someone go through the motions of measurement is not enough.  Your...

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No Method, No Problem? Ah, Not So Fast!

How you do things is extremely important if you’re looking to provide consistent products and services to your customers.  We all like going to our favorite restaurant knowing that our meal will come out just the way we ordered it.  My wife has used the same beautician for the past 20 years because of the consistency she gets by going there.  I’ve been going to the same barber...

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Material Issues Create Huge Losses!

Material problems wreak havoc in many operations.  Inconsistencies and variation within a lot or between lots of material can cause operators to constantly tweak machines and processes, which in turn can lead to defects and high scrap rates. Having multiple suppliers for the same material creates variability and can cause production delays, especially if the change from one supplier to another...

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