The Benefits of Lean Manufacturing

According to the ASQ, lean is defined as “a set of management practices to improve efficiency and effectiveness by eliminating waste. The core principle of lean is to reduce and eliminate non-value-adding activities and waste.” When implemented effectively, the benefits of creating a lean workplace are vast and can enhance business productivity going forward. Adopting

Creating 5S/6S Labels & Signs with LabelSuite™

Keeping a Lean and efficient workplace is often dependent on the facility’s organization system. The 5S/6S methodology uses visual tools to keep everything running smoothly. With the intuitive LabelSuite™ software, you can create custom 5S/6S labels in just a few minutes. Get the perfect label every time for any spot in the workplace! Whether you’re labeling

Just in Time by Toyota: The Smartest Production System in The World

Lean manufacturing and just-in-time production both have their roots in the revolutionary Toyota Production System. The Toyota Production was developed between 1948 and 1975 and is now a common management philosophy that is practiced in some of the biggest companies in the world. TPS aims to have a facility that is operating efficiently, is not

Deming PDCA Cycle

Changing processes can seem a little scary, but the PDCA makes it simple. The PDCA cycle promotes efficiency in the workplace and provides a framework for implementing changes or solving problems through the following four steps: Plan > Do > Check > Act. The origins of this cycle come from a Lean pioneer Dr. W.

How to do Value Stream Mapping

Value stream mapping is a Lean activity focused on identifying areas of improvement in processes. A value stream map is a hand-drawn diagram of a workplace that shows the flow of materials moving through different areas. The map should have more information on it including how long tasks take and how often orders for materials

Learn How Kanban Systems are Used in a Lean Manufacturing Environment

  A popular tool used in Lean businesses is a tool called Kanban, a Japanese word meaning sign. It is used in the just-in-time system of production as a means of regulation. In terms of manufacturing, a Kanban system usually uses a bin and card system that triggers a certain action. For instance, the production