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11th Annual Northeast L.E.A.N. Conference - Please Join Us!

We have shared articles and infograhics about LEAN management in the past but today L.E.A.N. has a new twist.  L.E.A.N. = Lead, Enable And Nurture

Topics: Lean Manufacturing

Join Industry Leaders to Map Out Your Lean Warehouse Strategy - October 6th


“Lean Warehouse: How to change your warehouse from a cost center to a profit center—eliminate the 8 wastes that are hurting your bottom line”

In today’s highly competitive environment, you need to maximize your profitability. Learn how to trim the excess from your distribution systems and work leaner, stronger, and more efficiently. Change your warehouse from a cost center to a profit center.

Topics: Lean Manufacturing Event

Lean Manufacturing Consultants, The Real Story [infographic]

Can Lean Consultants be a valuable asset to a Company?  We use an infographic to get a big picture look at the many aspects of lean to consider whether a lean consultant is beneficial to you business:

Topics: Infographic Lean Manufacturing

Lean Manufacturing: 3 Critical Principles for Improving Productivity

The "go green" movement may have seemed like a passing fad many years ago when it first entered mainstream consciousness.  To some, it resembled something that brought to mind the free-spirited and anti-establishment countercultures of the late 1960s more than it did a modern step toward environmentally responsible living.  Despite skepticism, sustainable living has become an integral part of our daily lives.

Principles and standards that guide eco-friendly ways of living and doing business are often referred to as "lean" principles, and the term is used most frequently in the manufacturing industry.  Essentially, operating under lean concepts means you're trimming the fat, so to speak, and reducing the amount of by-products and waste generated by your company during the production process.  Originally introduced by Japanese automaker Toyota Production Systems, lean manufacturing focuses on eliminating everything that goes into creating your product, from employee labor to raw materials, that does not add value in some way for your customers.

Topics: Productivity Lean Manufacturing

Turn 6 Minutes into $5,000 and Make Employees Happy [infographic]

Business with warehousing, shipping, inventory control systems and facilities have heard of Lean Manufacturing systems, 5S Methodology and the 7 types of wastes. 5S is a way of thinking and philosophy focused on creating a well-managed and organized workspace by eliminating wastes – one of which is motion.

Topics: Infographic Lean Manufacturing

3 Biggest Myths in Lean Manufacturing

There are many examples where lean manufacturing has inspired a new and arguably better way to eliminate waste. To appreciate it, you have to understand what adherents of this paradigm mean by "waste." The term, put simply, refers to anything—tools, processes, materials, activities, personnel—that does not contribute to the value of a product or service as perceived by the customer.

But there are a lot of misconceptions about lean manufacturing that, when left unchecked, could devalue brands and companies committed to the paradigm. Here are some of those myths, along with the facts. Remember, making a well-informed decision—not blindly adopting just about any aspect of the paradigm—is the key to getting the most value of it.

Topics: Lean Manufacturing

Eliminating 7 Types of Waste with 5S Methodology

5S is a philosophy, a way of thinking which focuses on organizing and managing the workspace by eliminating 7 Wastes while improving quality and safety.  


Muda (無駄?) is a Japanese word meaning "futility; uselessness; idleness; superfluity; waste; wastage and wastefulness".  A process that consumes resources where waste occurs is when more resources are consumed than are necessary to produce the goods or provide the service that the customer actually wants. 

There are forms of waste in addition to the seven. The 8 most common forms of waste can be remembered using the mnemonic "DOWNTIME"

-  Defective Production

-  Overproduction

-  Waiting

-  Non-used Employee Talent

-  Transportation

-  Inventory

-  Motion

-  Excessive (Over) Processing)

Topics: Lean Manufacturing

What does it mean to be Lean Six Sigma? [infographic]

The purpose of Lean is to deliver value to customers by removing all waste, overburden and variation from processes.   The first step is to create a Lean culture . . . and then continuously improve processes to exceed customer expectations. A true lean culture is when the first question is always why (purpose) and then what (action) so problems are solved by everyone (people).

Topics: Mobile Workstation Lean Manufacturing

Gemba Walks - Has Jim Womack created a monster?

Gemba Walks - In lean manufacturing, the idea of genba is that the problems are visible, and the best improvement ideas will come from going to the genba. The gemba walk, much like Management By Walking Around (MBWA), is an activity that takes management to the front lines to look for waste and opportunities to practice genba kaizen, or practical shopfloor improvement.

Topics: Productivity Lean Manufacturing

Components of Lean Manufacturing

Over the years, research — as well as trial and error — led to what is now called lean manufacturing. 

Topics: Lean Manufacturing