The Other Approach to Lean

Product Quantity Analysis, the Process Matrix and the Spaghetti Chart Total Productive Maintenance, Six Sigma, Set-up Reduction or 5S methods may be used either separately or together to help a facility’s team define the best path to a lean goal. … [Read more...]

How to Set Up a Lean Factory That Works

Lean manufacturers have a leg up on speeding products to market, reducing costs and keeping customers happy. In this overview, I’ll share how to engineer, set up and manage the project for a lean factory that works for your specific … [Read more...]

How to Set Up a Lean Factory That Works – Part 2

How can a lean factory tollgate process work? Here is a sample tollgate path for re-working your facility’s layout – or setting it up from scratch. Read Part One Part 2 of Lean Factory: a 2-part series How Can a Lean Factory Tollgate Process … [Read more...]

12 Tips to Sustain Improvement in Lean Equipment Maintenance Programs

Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). Total productive maintenance (TPM). Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM). The guidelines are not new. But for companies that truly want to maximize their equipment uptime, productivity and quality, a … [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...]