6 Lean Manufacturing Principles to Improve Your Productivity

Lean manufacturing is a production method that emphasizes the importance of the creation of value for the customer. It considers the use of resources for any other goal to be wasteful in nature. Thus, these wasteful uses need to be eliminated. In lean manufacturing, “value” is thought to be any process or action that would

5S: More Than Meets The Eye


The Lean manufacturing process known as 5S has become one of the most universally adopted tools of Lean. Whether your an office in the suburbs or a major manufacturing plant in the city, organizations have found value from using 5S as a workplace management tool. From the outside looking in, 5S can seem like merely

Bring 5S Home

The last thing most of us want to do after a long shift is to bring our work home with us. It’s a separation that is necessary for our livelihood, creativity and lets not forget, our sanity. But what happens when a function of work can actual improve your home life as it does your

5S Success

5S Success, working together, keys to success

More often than not the 5S method is implemented into an organization for the purpose of laying a foundation towards future lean methods. 5S is one of the most basic lean methods to implement, but it’s also one of the most important to have concreted into your habits before you can master other lean methods.

Negative Impact of a 5S First Approach?

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The common start to a lean transformation for most companies begins with the implementation of 5S. The Japanese methodology to minimize errors and mistake proof the workplace through seiri (sort), seiton (set in order), seiso (shine), seiketsu (standardization), and shitsuke (sustain) has been the ultimate starting point for any lean journey. But is there a negative impact of

Influencing Change — Building Culture

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Anthropology to the rescue Influencing change, building culture, these are the challenges that keep management up at night. However, with the right tools and philosophies, the challenges that once kept them up, will be a thing of the past. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), works to create sustainable development throughout civilizations

Lean Culture, Defining and Understanding

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Culture, like any other word in the English language is given a definition by the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary. It defines culture as: “the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution or organization.” This common sense definition is fine by most standards, but what about lean culture? Lean methods have been adopted

5 Value Added Tips for a Lean Warehouse

Whether you are running an existing warehouse or you’re looking to open a new one, it is always a good time to look at implementing or improving lean concepts. When lean strategies are followed in warehouse environments it can help eliminate wasted time and energy, and improve the responsiveness of the facility as well. Many