7 Wastes

The 7 Wastes

January 31, 2016 mmllmm 0

The 7 Wastes provide a central theme to the lean methodology.  The goal of lean is to maximize value and minimize waste.  Ultimately, value to […]

Toyota Production System

Toyota Production System

January 31, 2016 mmllmm 0

The Toyota Production System is the methodology developed at Toyota that led to the development of lean manufacturing and the lean philosophy. The Toyota Production […]

Defects and rework

7 Wastes: Defects

January 31, 2016 mmllmm 0

Poor quality and the resulting defects are a major source of cost for many companies.  This is also a cost that is often under reported […]

Waste Motion

7 Wastes: Motion

January 31, 2016 mmllmm 0

Motion is a waste common in both manufacturing and service industries.  This waste is very similar to transportation waste, but relates to movement within a […]

Over Processing Waste

7 Wastes: Processing

January 31, 2016 mmllmm 0

Processing activities are typically viewed as value added.  It is the manufacturing processes that add value to the product and to the customer.  Despite this, […]

Waste - time is money

7 Wastes: Wait Time

January 31, 2016 mmllmm 0

Waiting is one of the 7 Wastes that most people recognize easily.  Eliminating time spent waiting has been a focus of manufacturing improvement activities since […]

Inventory Waste

7 Wastes: Inventory

January 31, 2016 mmllmm 0

Inventory is recognized in as a waste in the lean system.  This is because inventory does not add any value to the customer, but has […]


7 Wastes: Overproduction

January 31, 2016 mmllmm 0

Overproduction occurs when a company manufacturers a product before there is a customer demand. Overproduction can occur with individual processes or across the entire value […]

Continuous Improvement

Lean Maturity

January 30, 2016 mmllmm 0

Knowing When You’re Lean Recently I have been seeing more and more discussion about Lean Maturity and people asking us how they know they are […]

5s in manufacturing

5S, A Philosophy of Work

January 23, 2016 mmllmm 0

The 5S program highlights basic aspects such as using the proper tool, the proper accessory, and the correct information. It seeks respect for arranged times […]

5 whys

5 Why’s

January 17, 2016 mmllmm 0

Five Why’s Preparation Five why’s is a Root Cause Analysis Tool. Not a problem solving technique. The outcome of a 5 Why’s analysis is one […]

5S red TAG download

5S Red Tag Strategy

January 6, 2016 mmllmm 0

5S Red Tag procedures (Free download 5S red tag template below) Step 1: Select members from various teams Select a high level manager to participate […]

VSM guide

Guideline on VSM

January 4, 2016 mmllmm 0

1.     Agree on scope and objectives. Know the details that this VSM for some product family, Top level / Middle level / Bottom level. Must […]

VSM Symbols examples

Symbols for Value Stream Mapping

January 3, 2016 mmllmm 0

[wpdm_tree category=”vsm-templates”] VSM Process Symbols Customer/Supplier This icon represents the Supplier when in the upper left, the usual starting point for material flow. The customer […]