Lean Empowerment – Part 4: Sharing Work Aids

Settling into a New Culture As we continue our Lean Empowerment series, we check back with the same company to review their progress and see how their new Lean Culture is evolving. In Lean Empowerment Part 1 and Part 2, the workers chose shadow boards from their Lean Toolbox to resolve a number of ongoing issues. […]

Filing Systems – Part 2: Filing for Retrievability

As we discussed in Part 1 of this Filing series, individuals with the most modest means can now afford to buy and maintain the storage to hold an overwhelming amount of information. This is both a blessing and a curse. The blessing is we are able to store enormous amounts of information. However, storing huge […]

Lean Empowerment – Part 3: Rejecting Bad Material

This week, we continue to follow one of my client’s, who we also featured in Lean Empowerment Part 1 and Part 2. You will learn how Lean Systems enabled workers to reject bad material. This Lean Empowerment action resolved several negative issues. Workers were able to transform an impeded process into a smoothly operating workflow, […]

Properties of Workpieces

Movement Requires Energy All movement requires energy. Workpieces on the plant floor or in an office environment are no exception; energy is required to move the workpiece. The same rule applies whether the workpiece is a physical piece of paper or an electronic file. When we receive a task, we initiate workflow by expending energy […]

Identifying the Biggest Waste to Increase Productivity

What comes to mind when we talk about waste? Some may think of things like wasted resources, such as water or energy. They may think of wasted materials, like lumber or steel or even scrap parts, which come off a production line. While these are all good examples of waste, they are not the major […]

Lean Empowerment – Part 2: Setup Time Reduction

Recognizing Lean Opportunities With the introduction of each new part into production, someone must establish new setup procedures, tools and fixtures. In many cases, when a new process or part is first set up, the most efficient and effective steps are not immediately apparent. After running the new part for a period, opportunities for improvement, […]