What Is 5S And Why You Need It

The 5 Sides Of 5S These are very roughly translated as: Sort, Straighten, Sweep, Standardize and Sustain. There are other variations of these terms in English, but essentially the all mean the same thing. The trouble obviously comes with finding 5 words beginning with the letter ā€œSā€, having the correct meaning. 5S as a whole […]

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What Is Lean Manufacturing All About?

Many studies have measured the amount of waste a typical manufacturer has, and it is usually shocking, as well as revealing. Lean is an ongoing process, and though results can be quick and impressive, lasting change is another matter. It takes time and a lot of effort to change a shop culture. It is not […]

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Does Lean Manufacturing Work For Custom Injection Molding?

You want to succeed, you see the possibilities, but the global pricing and high expenses make it very difficult. The lean manufacturing process can help you reach your goals. Plastic injection molders are in the almost ideal business to benefit from the lean manufacturing process. If you embrace the entire concept and do not cherry […]

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Six Sigma Black Belt Compensation

One of the more ambiguous elements of a Six Sigma project is the level and type of compensation the organization should give to its Six Sigma leaders and team members. On the one hand, setting compensation is not an integral part of any stage of a Six Sigma project; on the other hand, compensation is […]

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Why Value Stream Mapping Is So Valuable

Value Stream Mapping Shows The Way Value stream mapping is a powerful tool to help visualize the entire lean manufacturing process. It might appear complicated at first, but, as with other aspects of your program, when it is broken down into small steps it is really quite simple. It is quite powerful to visualize the […]

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4 Essentials About Continuous Improvement And Kaizen

A popular version of Kaizen is the Kaizen blitz, also known as a Kaizen event. This has become a very useful and common tool in lean manufacturing and many companies have incorporated it into their business culture very successfully. The Kaizen Blitz is a very effective tool to kick off a lean manufacturing initiative. The […]

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Grandma’s Cupboard Used 5S Implementation Methodology

The 5S implementation methodology “cleans up” and organizes the workplace, without changing its existing configuration, and it is typically the first lean method which an organization puts into effect. The 5S pillars provide a methodology for organizing, cleaning, developing, and sustaining a productive work environment. In order to have a smooth and efficient flow of […]

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6 Ways To Use The Lean Manufacturing Process

If you want to learn how to use the lean manufacturing process, I highly recommend the Lean Manufacturing web-based training course. You will get a thorough understanding of all the components of lean manufacturing, including Value Stream Mapping, 5S, six sigma, and much more. Once you have made a commitment to begin your lean manufacturing […]

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What Is The Sort Part In A 5S Program?

Most teenagers seem to have a problem with the first part of 5S–the sorting part. Actually, they generally have problems with the other aspects as well, but that is a different story. Anyway, sorting is a lot like thoroughly going through a room, picking up each item and deciding what to do with it. Rules […]

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10 Kaizen Event Steps For Lasting Change

Many companies elect to start with a Kaizen event because it makes sense in every way and is easy for workers to support. Any business should be interested in a policy of continuous improvement, and this is a great way to achieve measurable results rather quickly. Another reason is because it only takes a week […]

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