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Archive for the 'Flow' Category

Distance vs. Frequency Chart

Posted on August 29th, 2015 · Posted in Distance vs. Flow Chart, Flow, Lean, lean tools

In a 5S Kaizen event, we eliminate as much from the work area as we can.  What remains, we locate as close to the Point of Use (POU) as possible… read more

Spaghetti Diagrams

Posted on August 27th, 2015 · Posted in Flow, Spaghetti Diagrams, Waste elimination

What’s a spaghetti Diagram you ask?  It’s a really nifty tool that maps the movements of an individual operator during the making of one product.   The map begins with a.. read more

Dealing with “Monuments”

Posted on August 22nd, 2015 · Posted in Flow, Lean, lean tools, Monuments, Poka-Yoke, Pull, Value Streams

“What’s a monument?” you ask.   Most organizations have large pieces of equipment that weigh tons, are often half submerged or above the roof, sometimes contain liquids (like plating chemicals),.. read more

VSM Part #6A – Importance to Decision-Making (Who, What & How Often?)

Posted on August 5th, 2015 · Posted in Flow, Leadership, lean tools, Pull, Value Stream Map

To this point, we’ve examined the mechanics of the Value Stream Map (VSM).  We’ve looked at the the flow of the process, at the data boxes, at the flow of.. read more

Value Stream Map – Part 3: Information Flow

Posted on July 17th, 2015 · Posted in Flow, Lean, lean tools, Value Stream Map

Perhaps one of the least well understood or appreciated parts of the Value Stream Map is the information flow at the top.  That said, it’s an important part of the.. read more

Value Stream Map – Part 2: The Data Box

Posted on July 13th, 2015 · Posted in Flow, Lean, Lean Thoughts, lean tools, Value Stream Map

In the picture at the top of the page, you can see both flow chart (discussed in my last post) and the data boxes below them.  I’ve included the flow chart.. read more

Value Stream Map – Part 1: The High Level Flow Chart

Posted on July 6th, 2015 · Posted in Flow, flow chart, Lean, lean tools, Value Stream Map

There are some wonderful books on this subject.  I have no desire to compete with them, but I would like to break open this extremely important and underutilized tool.  In.. read more

Pacer Cord – Working at Takt Time

Posted on July 2nd, 2015 · Posted in Flow, Lean, lean tools, standard work, SWCS

Q.  How do you keep the pace of an assembly operation constant?   A.  Big businesses use conveyors, or some other piece of big mechanical equipment, that conveys Work In.. read more

Takt Time

Posted on June 24th, 2015 · Posted in Flow, Lean, Lean Thoughts, lean tools, standard work

“What?” That’s usually the first question the uninitiated ask.  “Are you saying tack time?” is the next.  Those of you using Lean know the answer, but let me just refresh. .. read more

What’s a Water Spider?

Posted on June 21st, 2015 · Posted in business, Flow, JIT, Lean Thoughts, Savings

Most of us are familiar with material handlers.  They drive lift trucks, push carts or carry plastic tubs of materials to their point of use.  In Lean, however, we try.. read more