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Implementing Lean is Hard; Sustaining Lean is Harder

Published: December 16, 2013
As we look back over the last 12 months, can you seen where you've been? Continuous improvement and implementing Lean methodologies have been our focus. We've had workshops and done factory layouts, moved cells and stores around, cleaned up, implemented a kanban system, put in visual controls. We've had a good year; production numbers up, respectable profits in the current climate, quality not too bad. But what about our "Lean numbers"; how did we go there? ... Read more

TXM Lean Glossary – Part 4

Published: December 6, 2013
This week we look at the subject of inventory and how we can define it from a Lean perspective. Inventory can be defined as Materials or Information packages spread across a value stream between processing steps. Inventories are usually categorised by position in the value stream and by purpose. From this position and purpose we end up with a few generally used terms to describe the different types of inventory found within the manufacturing process. ... Read more

Lean Manufacturing goes hand in hand with Quality Improvement

Published: November 26, 2013
How do we use Lean Manufacturing methods improve quality systems? Over the past years, while introducing a lean programs in to manufacturing companies, the lean program over all results has a lot to do with how well the company's quality process/system is performing. Often having to adjust/improve the quality processes as the Lean programs becomes established . In order to achieve this there are a few key steps that will help integrate your quality system when combining it with Lean methods. ... Read more