Year: 2019

Six Sigma

What is Six Sigma?

2 min read In the manufacturing world, quality rules the day. Producing high-quality products that both meet company standards and customer expectations consistently is what manufacturing engineers dream about, what occupies their thoughts whether they’re in the office, at their kids’ ballet recital, or on the train heading home. Making high-quality products is tough enough, but to do it again and again with efficiency and uniformity, with minimal reworking needed? The challenge feels insurmountable. Lean manufacturing, an umbrella term for a series of methodologies that seek to deliver high-quality products or services as efficiently as possible, identifies waste as the enemy of any

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what is gemba

What is Gemba?

3 min read Gemba, a term first used by Toyota, means going to the real place where the action is. In the 1980s, ‘In Search of Excellence’ author Tom Peters popularized the concept when he talked about management by wandering around (MBWA). Like MBWA, Gemba walks take management to the front lines to see daily happenings. Gemba, however, is more focused. Find Where Value Is Created Gemba refers to “the real place,” the location where value is created in your business. In an industrial environment, that place is often the manufacturing floor where you create the products you sell to your customers. By

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Introduction to 5S

Introduction to the 5S Method

2 min read If your company is like most organizations, you’re searching for a competitive edge. Something that will reduce costs, increase sales, and make you more agile in a changing business environment. You’ve found it. Simply put, 5S is a systematic approach to workplace organization. But it’s also much more than that. 5S is about efficiency, competitiveness, and survival. It is a deceptively simple system that creates an organized and productive workplace. It’s not just about cleaning up and eliminating toolboxes. 5S creates a workplace environment that can adapt and succeed. Chaos and unproductivity are your enemies; organization and efficiency are your

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kaizen continuous improvement

Kaizen and Continuous Improvement

2 min read The best thing about kaizen – and the biggest reason that every company should adopt it – is that it does not rely on expensive, innovative solutions. Just the opposite is true. The core principle of kaizen is to make small, immediate improvements in the processes and standards of the workplace. But not just one improvement. Looking for ways to make small improvements should be part of everyone’s job, every day of the week. And after a period of time, all of these small improvements will add up to better working conditions, a higher degree of safety, more efficiency, and

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