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 […]

The Industrial Revolution 4.0: The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things The fourth industrial revolution, The Internet of Things, is well underway. Some are calling it Manufacturing 4.0, although I think this is a limited view. Let’s briefly recap the major industrial milestones. Many consider the steam engine to be the first industrial revolution. The second industrial revolution started with the conveyor […]

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, […]

Lean Empowerment – Part 1: Sharpening the Saw

Empowering an organization with Lean methods is like sharpening the saw throughout the entire company. Once a company embraces Lean methods and is equipped with the tools in the Lean Toolbox, a new culture is born. Everyone within the organization begins to view their surroundings from a new perspective, embracing and encouraging continuous learning and continuous […]

Workflow Fundamentals

What is the essence of workflow? As the word implies, we want to keep work flowing. Value is threatened when workflow stops, is hindered, obstructed or slowed down. Lean manufacturing methods and tools are for making the work visible to keep it flowing. Workflow visibility allows management to manage workflow processes and gives each worker […]