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Learn What 5S is & How it Applies to Any Industry

< 1 min read A strategy often used in Lean is 5S. 5S is an organizational framework that relies on visual management and offers steps to organize spaces, eliminate wastes, and increase efficiency. The methodology of 5S is comprised of the following five steps: Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain. Putting time and effort to each step …

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Kaizen at Home – 90 Days to Success | Mike Morrill | TEDxUtica

< 1 min read Kaizen and Lean go hand-in-hand. Lean aims to reduce wastes while improving quality and Kaizen is the strategy of continually making improvements around the workplace. All of these small improvements will add up to more noticeable changes and ultimately affect the bottom line. In this Tedx Talk, Mike Morrill explains how Kaizen has impacted his …

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The Toyota Production System

< 1 min read The tools, strategies, and philosophy of Lean manufacturing are derived almost entirely from the Toyota Production System. To understand Lean, one must understand the Toyota Production System. TPS is focused on seven (or eight) different wastes commonly found in a manufacturing facility. By reducing or eliminating these wastes, the overall customer value improves. The Toyota …

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Four Principles Lean Management – Get Lean in 90 Seconds

< 1 min read Having a Lean workplace means having a workplace that is more efficient and less wasteful. It’s a system used primarily in the manufacturing industry but is a system that can truly be translated across industries. The principles of Lean come from principles of the Japanese manufacturing industry, most notably those of the Toyota Motor Corporation. …

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5S Adhesive Red Tags – Tag Items without Tie-off Points

< 1 min read  5S is an important organizational strategy commonly used in Lean workplaces. Red tags are an essential yet simple tool in 5S, used during the sorting phase. Red tags allow employees to tag items whose use in the space has yet to be determined. The sorting step recommends purging the workspace of unnecessary materials and …

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