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A project manager's life is a constant juggling act. You have to ensure that all your tasks are on time and within budget, while also keeping the team motivated and happy. The last thing you need is more work! Fortunately, there are plenty of tools out there to help you manage your projects more efficiently, but which ones should you ... Read MoreRead More
When people think of Lean, their minds often wander to manufacturing. While Lean was originally developed to benefit the manufacturing industry, the fact that it has been practiced effectively has raised the eyebrows of many other industries. These industries now seek to employ the effective practices of lean and recreate the same success that it has created in manufacturing. Let’s ... Read MoreRead More
Now apart from approaching and ensuring success, the Lean methodology has a slew of other benefits as well. For starters, the wasteful actions that Lean takes care of will allow for a more focused workforce. This isn’t just a focus on their tasks, but on things that contribute great benefit to a facility’s success.Read More
Efficiency will always be a big benefit to each and every business. The act of producing more with less will save on time, efforts, and resources, while also increasing the profit and success of a company. That is why Lean Principles is particularly useful, especially to the manufacturing industry.Read More
Studies have shown that 80% of a product’s cost is determined when the design of the product is being engineered. The factors that contribute to the product’s cost at this phase include:Read More
Lean is a philosophy and system that can be applied to a variety of workplaces or processes. The main goal of lean is to do away with any waste wherever they can be found within your business. Fortunately, the lean system and all of their benefits can be applied to factories. The question now is, how does a business establish a lean factory that works? Let’s go over several top tips that businesses consider when applying lean to factories.Read More
People think that terms like, “Lean”, “Lean Manufacturing”, and “Lean Logistics” all mean the same thing. While they pull from the same philosophy from Japan years ago, there are some differences to them. When people just say Lean, it refers to a general plan of attack that can be applied to any process or any business with the goal of eliminating waste. When the term “Logistics” is added, it adds a whole new complexity to how the Lean methodology is used. It then focuses the Lean principles to a different more complex set of operations.Read More
LEAN’s main goal is to minimize waste and maximize productivity. We have covered many different techniques that can help do this. These include Shingo, TPM, and even the Six Big Losses. One of the pillars of LEAN is addressing the swift changeover of equipment. If the changeover time is quick, this means that downtime decreases drastically for improved efficiency. This is important, as downtime is a big waste that must be minimized or done away with. Thus, we go to Single-Minute Exchange of Dies or SMED.Read More
Kanban is a visual workflow management system for any work that follows a process. It imagines the whole workflow process, as well as the actual work as it goes through each step of the process. The objective of the Kanban method is to eliminate any roadblocks that may hinder all the other steps from taking place and any work being finished.Read More