Six Steps to Design a Preventive Maintenance Program

Preventive Maintenance Preventive maintenance may seem a no-brainer, but if you make assumptions and cut corners, your results won’t match the effort. Follow these six steps and you’ll create an effective, efficient and sustainable preventive … [Read more...]

Why Preventive Maintenance Fails (and how to fix it)

Is your facility struggling to design an effective preventive maintenance (PM) program? An endless parade of books and articles tell us how to “do” PM. But it’s one thing to read, and another entirely to implement. Part 1 of a 3-part series By … [Read more...]

Is Lean and Six Sigma Training on Your 2016 Bucket List?

Is increasing your lean management skills a professional development "to do" for 2016? Jump on these online training programs from MindEdge, which now includes a Six Sigma Black Belt Certification Exam, before January 15 to save! When you … [Read more...]

Single Part or Multiple Part Operations

What’s Best for Your Company? Manufacturing managers concerned about their operation’s performance and overall equipment effectiveness often ask us how their machine and fixing investments should affect the number of parts that are loaded onto each … [Read more...]

The ‘Quick & Dirty’ About OEE

Much has been written about Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) but it is too useful not to revisit some of the key points. OEE is a great way to see the impact of the 6 Big Losses, aka Waste, the elimination of which is the goal of lean … [Read more...]

How to Sustain Your Lean Equipment Maintenance Program

“Asset utilization, also called Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) or equipment capacity, is not just the responsibility of one department. It is the responsibility of the entire company. It has the focus of ensuring that nowhere in the world does … [Read more...]

Distance + Prioritization + Pick Venue = Location

Optimizing the Pick Area for Shipping Operations Shipping and distribution are essential to any company's profitability. Efficiencies gained in these areas can reduce costs, speed products to market and increase customer satisfaction. Unfortunately, … [Read more...]

Lean Project Lessons

Chocolate Elephants and Lean Project Lessons From a major university’s warehouse logistics initiative, to Kaizen events with several manufacturers, to a major metropolitan hospital’s facilities and maintenance division, in 2014 the Daniel Penn … [Read more...]

The Chocolate Elephant

How do you eat a chocolate elephant? Well, the answer is easy and well-known – one bite at a time. The same is true when nibbling away at reducing lead time. A value stream map identifies opportunities through the build-up of work-in-process (WIP) … [Read more...]

What is Your Company’s Optimum Material Flow System?

The future of manufacturing belongs to mixed model manufacturing, and an essential aspect of this strategy is the optimization of material delivery and material flow. Kanban, one of the methods of choice, includes many different techniques, each … [Read more...]