Category Archives: Lean Manufacturing Blog

Business Process Mapping Tip $

Business Process Mapping Tip #4

  Business Process Mapping Tips #4 Go and Check Observe the Work being Done, the Orders being made; the actual work you are paying for, the movement of people and parts, the checking, the paperwork or software being filled in, the looking for parts, information; the Work In Progress being stored. Listen to the Staff […]

Read More

Business Process Mapping Tip 3

Business Process Mapping Tip #3

  Business Process Mapping Tips #3 Everyday, you work on orders that go through all the main steps every time. These are the Runners. Twice a week, or 20% of orders use all the main steps but have a few extra steps that depends on exactly what the customer wants. These are the Repeaters.   […]

Read More

Business Process Mapping Tip 2

Business Process Mapping Tip #2

Business Process Mapping Tips #2 Business Process Mapping Tip 2You’ve agreed why you are mapping a process. Next you need to agree two additional points;What is the Final Output of the Process, the finish & Where does the Process Start?Or put another way Where Are The Boundaries? sounds simple right?Where Does The Process Finish?Is your process […]

Read More

Business Process Mapping Tip #1

Business Process Mapping Tip #1 We often get asked about Business Process Mapping so I’m sharing a series of tips that I hope you find of use. The first step in Business Process Mapping is to establish, Why Are We Mapping A Process? There are lots of reasons why you might wish to map a […]

Read More

Thinking Outside The Square Box For Improvement

Thinking Outside the Box for Improvement? Improvement – Square WatermelonSquare Watermelons are a thing.Why? they fit in fridges easier,they don’t roll around,they are easier to cut.Understanding what your customers need and what they will pay for it can open up new variants of your existing products and services.Do you need to really think outside the box?Or […]

Read More

Increasing Productivity Manufacturing Engineering

Increasing Productivity in Manufacturing & Engineering Firms: TIP 1

Increasing Productivity in Manufacturing & Engineering Firms.  Increasing Productivity in Manufacturing & Engineering FirmsOR to put it another wayGET MORE, OUT ON TIME with the same resources & the same numbers of people.Why are we focussing on the company productivity & not individuals?Surely we just optimise the output of each individual, give them performance targets; add in some training and off you go?NO not if you […]

Read More

Re-Shoring, Automation

Re-Shoring, Automation and Value Chains

Re-shoring, Automation and Value ChainsWhen considering a lean value chain it can often highlight the time materials, reports, information all spend in transport or waiting.This why many organisations discover that off-shoring work can drive down labour related costs whilst driving up Work in Progress and delay responses to customers. This off-shored work, over the last 30 years […]

Read More

What is Lean Manufacturing PDF

What is Lean Manufacturing PDF

Lean Manufacturing PDFWhat is Lean Manufacturing PDFThe PDF guide below was written to give an introduction to Lean Manufacturing, just click on the title below to get your copy.The guide includes sections onRespect for PeopleThe 7 Wastes – 30 real examples of waste found in organisationsWhy Work in Progress is importantWe hope you enjoy it and […]

Read More

Lean Manufacturing the 7 Wastes – What are They?

Lean Manufacturing the 7 Wastes – What Are They?Listen to any Lean Practitioner and within a short while they’ll talk of Waste and in particular 7 types of waste.Within Lean Manufacturing the 7 Wastes are fairly well defined  and they help us to classify types of waste; this helps firstly identify them, it gives clues as […]

Read More

Everyone is Responsible For Improvement

EVERY employee has two jobs??…Toyota, the company who have been progressing improvement since the days they made textile looms, take a very progressive and long-term view on kaizen (change good) and employee engagement.(I don’t think they called it Lean, the word doesn’t exist in the index of the Toyota Production System book by Taiichi Ohno, published […]

Read More