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Archive for June, 2015

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

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


Posted on June 15th, 2015 · Posted in business, business model, Leadership, Lean, Lean Thoughts

Akio Toyoda, President of Toyota, testifying before the US House of Representatives A lot of Lean practitioners dislike the use of Japanese words.  However, some concepts don’t easily transcend culture. .. read more

Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)

Posted on June 15th, 2015 · Posted in business, Lean, Lean Thoughts, Savings, TPM, Waste elimination

Lean concepts like Standard Work and Just In Time are predicated on dependability: dependability of materials, dependability of workers, and dependability of equipment.  It’s this latter subject that I want.. read more

Upgrading Standardized Equipment

Posted on June 6th, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized

I’m an engineer by training and for years specified new equipment for my employers.  When my colleagues and I went looking for new equipment, what did we go looking for? .. read more

Standardization of Equipment

Posted on June 1st, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized

Most of us are familiar with Standard Work and the need to have only one standard way we build a product or provide a service.  We know that having only.. read more