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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

Standard Work Combination Sheet

Posted on June 25th, 2015 · Posted in Lean, Lean Thoughts, lean tools, SCWS, standard work

My last post concluded a discussion of Takt Time.  So, if you’re working to Takt Time, how do you know when each operation in your process is supposed to start.. read more

Shadow Boxes

Posted on June 25th, 2015 · Posted in Lean, Lean Thoughts, lean tools, Water Spider

Lean practitioners are familiar with the concept of shadow boards.  We frequently use them to organize tools so that it’s immediately evident if one is missing.  If one is, a.. 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