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April 30, 2013
Lean manufacturing, made-to-order edition
After having spent the past 20 years serving as a lean contract consultant to organizations such as Nike, Lockheed Martin, Alberta Canada’s Ministry of Human Services, and a few hundred precision sheet metal and machine shops, I... Read more...

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October 11, 2005
Waste replaced
If you aren't lean in your welding shop, it's just a matter of time, experts say. Every day several companies report success through implementing lean manufacturing initiatives. HEI Inc., Minneapolis, and Charlotte, N.C.-based EnPro... Read more...

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April 6, 2004
Scraping the hull: Ridding your organization of barnacles
Editor's Note: A version of this article previously appeared in the March 2004 Lean Into It newsletter. What do barnacles and lean manufacturing have in common? Let me explain. Barnacles are a form of sea life that everyone's heard of... Read more...

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June 18, 2002
Staying lean in a lean economy
Over the past few months I've had the chance to speak at six different manufacturing conferences and trade association symposiums. Without a doubt, the most recurring topic of conversation has been the current economic slowdown. Specifically,... Read more...

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June 12, 2002
A case study in lean manufacturing and Six Sigma
Lean manufacturing can be defined as "getting more done with less"; namely, less waste. One of the greatest forms of waste is not capitalizing on the power of a focused group of people to solve problems. When addressing trade associations, I'm... Read more...

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March 28, 2002
New machines do not a world-class company make
President Bush paid Oregon a visit a few weeks ago. He spoke at length about the sagging Oregon economy. In fact, he held Oregon up as a poster child for a state with the slowest economic growth and highest unemployment rate. His solution to... Read more...

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October 25, 2001
Common barricades on the road to lean
Shops trying to create a lean manufacturing environment within their businesses sometimes make common mistakes that could be avoided with forethought and a little knowledge of the pitfalls faced by lean pioneers past. Self-imposed Inflexibility... Read more...

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August 16, 2001
Tips on Lean Manufacturing: Mastering the stop 'n' go of your shop's work flow
Kaizen—or continuous improvement—is based on the concept that there is always an opportunity to modify, enhance, or improve any process. For example, Henry Ford's model worked well for decades, but then representatives of Toyota... Read more...

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February 19, 2001
Tips on Lean Manufacturing: How to purge weight from your manufacturing operation
While some people have caught on to the need to get lean in their manufacturing operations, others still are waiting for the so-called fad of the Toyota Production System to go away. Surprise—it's here to stay. All manufacturing... Read more...