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Lean Manufacturing

Lean Metrics: Beware the danger of chasing numbers

One of the key principles in lean manufacturing implementations is to “make it visual”. The premise is that anybody should be able to understand the current status of a process at a glance.  Any out of standard conditions should be immediately obvious,...
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7 Wastes of Lean Manufacturing

Use these links to quickly navigate to the various sections of this article What is waste? The 7 wastes of lean manufacturing How to remember the 7 wastes The 8 wastes of lean manufacturing 7 wastes of lean in services 7 wastes of lean in healthcare What Is...
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Lean Manufacturing: Eliminating the 7 wastes

Lean manufacturing is a business improvement methodology focused on optimising the flow of value to the customer. Companies that implement lean manufacturing principles aim to reduce the amount of waste in their processes. There are 7 wastes in lean...
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The Comprehensive Guide to Lean Manufacturing Terminology

Seen a word or phrase you don’t recognise? Don’t panic! Our extensive Lean Glossary is here to explain all the abbreviations, acronyms and otherwise unfamiliar lean terminology. From Andon to Zero Defects, we’ve got you covered! 5S 5S is a cycle...
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What is Lean Manufacturing?

What is Lean Manufacturing? Lean manufacturing refers to an approach to production that focuses on adding value for the customer in the most efficient way possible.  This means optimisation of safety, quality, delivery and cost through the removal of waste in...
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Choosing the right Process Management Functional Team

Process Management Functional Team In this article we will take a look at the various roles and responsibilities that make up a process management functional team. Process Owner The Process Owner is the individual that is responsible for the process in question. ...
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What is the purpose of a Visual Management Board?

Purpose of a Visual Management Board Lets consider the purpose of a visual management board in a lean implementation. Defines targets/goal Safety, Delivery, Quality, Cost The first objective of a board is to display the important metrics for a particular work...
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Waiting In Manufacturing

Waiting is one of the seven wastes of lean manufacturing. Waste is defined as anything that consumes resources (time, money, energy etc) but does not add value for the customer.  It is something that the customer is not willing to pay for. There are seven types...
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Embedding Lean in Management is the key!

“The only way to become and stay lean is to produce lean managers.  Every isolated effort will recede—or fail—unless companies learn to use the lean process as a way of developing individual problem-solvers with the ownership, initiative, and know-how to...
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Benefits of 5S Lean Visual Management

Benefits of 5S Lean Visual Management When implementing a 5S lean visual management programme it is often necessary to explain the benefits that it will bring. Sometimes this is necessary to convince stakeholders to approve budgets. Other times it is necessary to...
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Six Sigma

What is the main goal of a Six Sigma implementation?

The main goal of a Six Sigma implementation will vary from company to company. Of course every business wants to achieve better results by implementing Six Sigma, but how they do that will vary. No two implementations will be the same, even if on the surface,...
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Can Six Sigma be Successful in a Transactional Company?

In a previous post, we explored thefactors that affect the success of a six sigma programme within a company. So in this post we can now consider how six sigma is applied in different types of industry. Typically, statistical process control has been widely used...
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11 Research Proven Six Sigma Success Factors

The implementation of a six sigma programme depends upon many variables including, but not limited to, the size of the company, the industry in which the company operates and the resources that the company has at its disposal. Therefore, it is not possible to create...
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Six Sigma Tools: The Definitive Guide (35 DMAIC Tools)

Six Sigma Tools: The Definitive Guide (35 DMAIC Tools) Choosing the right six sigma tool to use is an important skill to master.  If you get it right, these tools can help you understand the problem you are trying to fix, analyse the data, and point to a...
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The History of Six Sigma

Six sigma is by no means new. Motorola are widely acknowledged as the pioneers of the methodology and they introduced it over twenty years ago. The tools and philosophies behind it date back even further than that, some being more than fifty years old. It is...
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Choosing the right Process Management Functional Team

Process Management Functional Team In this article we will take a look at the various roles and responsibilities that make up a process management functional team. Process Owner The Process Owner is the individual that is responsible for the process in question. ...
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What is Lean Six Sigma?

In order to answer the question, what is lean six sigma, it is first necessary to understand the two constituent parts which are lean manufacturing and 6 Sigma.  These are two different business improvement methodologies that have become popular due to the...
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What is 6 Sigma – The Lean Process Guide

What is 6 Sigma? There are a number of different definitions of the term 6 Sigma. A study of the literature on the subject shows that some authors focus on 6 Sigma as a quality metric whereas others define it as a business management philosophy. Below are...
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The DMAIC Process for Proven Quality Improvement

The DMAIC Process The DMAIC process is another business process improvement cycle, similar to the lean process of PDCA.  However, there are some differences between the two methodologies.  Therefore, it’s important to know how to determine which is the...
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