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7 Flows to Consider with your Factory Layout

Published: November 7, 2014
Whether you are moving into a new factory, changing the layout of your current facility to improve workflow or making room for a new piece of equipment, your team must consider the 7 flows during the factory layout design. ... Read more

Did your Lean Processes Survive your Holiday?

Published: July 11, 2014
Over the last few weeks, three of the TXM Lean Consultants have been enjoying a well-earned break and it is hard to clear our work calendars to allow us to have time away from the office. But what an opportunity this presents our businesses - how does our business work while we are away? Have we set up systems that are robust enough to work well, regardless of whether we are there or not? Here are five questions to check if your Lean Processes will survive your holiday. ... Read more

Developing a Waste Elimination Culture

Published: June 6, 2014
How do we approach Waste elimination in a manufacturing environment? Start by developing a structured process that is simple and centred on reducing the waste, no matter how small, as this will add up over time to build team skills and improvement performance. It is better to do something small rather than not addressing the wastes at all. In any manufacturing processes the wastes are not easily seen at a first glance, and the task of identifying then requires a structured approach to eliminate wastes. ... Read more

Maintenance as an Essential Part of Lean

Published: May 9, 2014
As we implemented and refined our Lean Enterprise Production System the stability of the processes becomes extremely important. We need a good parts supply, reliable quality, dependable people, with the skills to complete the tasks needed, and of course, machines that we know will work when we need them to run. This week we will be looking at why maintenance is an essential part of any Lean Enterprise system and how to get started to include maintenance as a key part of our Lean Enterprise. ... Read more