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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, so...
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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 Waste?...
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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 manufacturing,...
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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 used...
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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 the...
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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.  This...
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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 area. ...
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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 of...
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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 solve...
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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 help...
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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, the...
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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 in...
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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 a...
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Six Sigma Tools – Control Phase

So we’ve finally reached the final post in this six sigma mini series! In the previous posts, we’ve looked at the tools most commonly used during each phase of a six sigma DMAIC project.  Having looked at the improve phase last time, it’s now time to...
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Essential 6 Sigma tools to use in the Improve Phase

In this mini series of blog posts, we’ve been exploring which tools are most commonly used during each phase of a six sigma DMAIC project.  We’ve already looked at Define, Measure and Analyse, so we’re ready to move into the Improve phase in this...
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Six Sigma Tools – Analyse Phase

Welcome to the third post in our six sigma tools mini series.  We’ve already looked at the tools used in the define phase and measure phase, so check those out if you haven’t already.  In this third post we’re going to be looking at the tools used in...
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Six Sigma Tools – Measure Phase

This is the second post in our mini series exploring the tools used at each stage of a DMAIC project.  In the first post we looked at the define phase and so now we are ready to move onto the measure phase. The main purpose of the measure phase in dmaic projects is to...
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Six Sigma Tools – Define Phase

In this post we are going to introduce some of the six sigma tools used in the define phase of a DMAIC project.  The tools described are not a definitive list of all the six sigma dmaic tools, but are the ones most commonly used. This is part of a series of posts...
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Six Sigma Tools

In previous posts we have defined what six sigma is and also looked at the history of six sigma.  The next stage is to consider in more detail the six sigma tools that are used within the DMAIC framework. Choosing the right tool to use is an important skill to master...
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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 therefore...
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