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5S Factory: Unlocked

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5s is the organization of the workplace or a factory that enables the workers to control their work area and eliminate obstacles that hinder work. The 5s factory system originated from the Japanese work culture and is popular in many work places. There are immense benefits of this system and if implemented efficiently, it can

The First Pillar of 5S: Sort

5S Sort

Kicking off a 5S program begins with Seiri, or the Sorting step. Unused or little-used inventory and tools hamper productivity, create hazards, and hinder job performance. Industrial facilities and offices alike can get used to clutter and not see the wastes of a disorganized space. In reality, excessive tools and materials can impede workflow as

5S The Best Lean Starting Point? Yep, And Here’s Why

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Why 5S first? Let’s be honest, there are many discussions out there such as 5S Lean groups on LinkedIn and other professional sites which sometimes fail to hit the mark for pertinent and useful information. In fact, I have even stumbled upon backwards or even misguided information, while others have just been too drawn out

Visual Mapping Strategies, A Mess of Options

Visual Mapping

Visual Mapping and Flow Charts Ever wondered what the differences between things like flow charts and process maps were? Are they actually different at all or are they just different names for more or less the same thing? What problems do each address? When should you use one over the other? If you have ever

These Are The Best Ways To Improve Your Lean Efforts

For most businesses these days, Lean Six Sigma is an extremely common business practice to be implemented, but it isn’t always as easy as certain guides, or especially successful case studies, might make it seem. One of the biggest things that happens in Lean for new companies is that they struggle to use tools effectively

Key Ingredients for the Success of a Continuous Improvement Team

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The Must-Have Guide To Creating A Stellar Continuous Improvement Program The idea of continual improvement is one that underlies nearly all modern manufacturing philosophy, especially those associated with Lean. Continuous improvement programs seek to make small but constant adjustments to your business that increase efficiency and reduce waste – the idea can be applied to

Lean Thinking Questions

Question: “What Does Lean Thinking Mean To You?” A recent post on a LinkedIn forum sparked some lean thinking questions and a discussion over what exactly phrases like “lean thinking” meant to other users. The author Tony Heath, started off discussion by asking what people thought of the constant use of terms like “lean,” “strategic,”

The Importance of Ergonomics in the Workplace

The quality of our posture has a direct impact on every moment of our lives. When CEOs, supervisors, managers or even employees forget or neglect this simple fact, everyone suffers. The workers suffer strain, stress and injury, and the upper management loses profit and credibility as they head into the future. The subject of the