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Creating a Sense of Urgency in Manufacturing

Successful process improvement needs to be cultural, and urgency must be at the cultural heart. Whether or not your entire team is driven towards process improvement will decide if your organizational change will succeed or fail. Here’s how to build that culture of...

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Lean Leadership in Manufacturing

  Manufacturing leadership can easily become about nothing but processes, logistics, safety, and efficiency. If it’s your daily routine to circulate from your office to the boardroom and back again, that needs to be disrupted. Change Leadership requires the leader’s...

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What Daily Process Improvement Looks Like in Manufacturing

Process Improvement is at its best when it doesn’t look like much. We often fall into the trap of needing expensive equipment or consultants to save money, and in the end it costs us money. Rule of thumb: real change needs to develop from inside. If you try to force...

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4 Ways Manufacturers can Start a Culture of Process Improvement

To get a winning hockey team you need to get started and be steady. Stay fixed on the long game and institute a multiyear process focused entirely on building a strong team culture. Turn individual stars into team contributors and support your approach by choosing metrics that measure the right things. It’s not so different than what you need to do on the manufacturing floor. Here are four ways you can start coaching your team toward a culture of process improvement.

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How to Reduce Deadly Waste in Manufacturing: Talent

When you Google the 8 Deadly Wastes, you’ll often find 7 of them. Historically, the focus has been on processing, whereas the 8th Waste focuses on the far more abstract, “People.” To those paying attention, this should be a Waste to...

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How to Reduce Deadly Waste in Manufacturing: Inventory

Do you feel comfortable? Are you sitting pretty just you can service any order that comes in, no matter what the size? Then you’re playing the dangerous game of Over-Inventory. Inventory is a tide. As is rises, your ship (the business) is buoyed higher and we stop...

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How to Reduce Deadly Waste in Manufacturing: Transportation

It’s easy to confuse "Transportation Waste with "Motion" Waste. The former is the unnecessary movement of materials, while the latter is the unnecessary movement of people. Manufacturing is full of both. General: Transportation Waste happens at every point in the...

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How to Reduce Deadly Waste in Manufacturing: Waiting

This Waste is about saving a few seconds per process, then multiplying that by the thousands of processes you do in a given period. It’s incremental, highly detail-oriented, and adds up quickly. The Invisible Waste: We’re used to looking for movement and action,...

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How to Reduce Deadly Waste in Manufacturing: Overproduction

Overproduction is what happens when idealism runs amuck. You have the orders coming in, and see no reason why they shouldn’t keep coming in and increasing, so you charge full-speed ahead. Our hubris swells watching our finished widgets roll off the line. So much so,...

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