27 Jul 2020

Kaizen Event Roles

2021-04-22T09:30:02-04:00July 27th, 2020|Categories: Lean Manufacturing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Kaizen events are team efforts requiring participants to perform certain roles. Thus, a key part of kaizen event planning is assigning roles for the kaizen event. In this article we introduce a a few common key kaizen event roles and requirements necessary to ensure a successful kaizen event.

20 Jul 2020

The Kaizen Event

2021-04-22T09:31:29-04:00July 20th, 2020|Categories: Lean Manufacturing|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Kaizen events can be used to swiftly improve almost any process that can be observed, measured and changed. Because teams in kaizen events are cross-functional and focused, it is much easier to make changes quickly and optimally at minimal costs to the company.

13 Jul 2020

Kaizen Overview – The 3 Gens

2021-04-22T09:30:59-04:00July 13th, 2020|Categories: Lean Manufacturing|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Kaizen is a lean continuous improvement tool, that literally means to change for the better. Kaizen empowers you to deconstruct processes and develop and implement better versions of those processes. However, before we can effectively apply kaizen, we must firmly understand the "3 gens" or the "3 actuals".

6 Apr 2020

5S Sorting and Red Tagging

2021-09-14T10:14:03-04:00April 6th, 2020|Categories: Lean Manufacturing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sorting is a powerful part of the lean 5S process. Sorting is also one of the most misunderstood of the 5S steps. Sorting empowers continuous improvement by eliminating items from work areas lacking use or value. Sorting can improve safety, workflow, and throughput.

30 Mar 2020

5S Overview

2021-09-14T10:14:07-04:00March 30th, 2020|Categories: Lean Manufacturing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

5S is a simple, intuitive, powerful method that can be applied to any workplace or industry from equipment manufacturing to legal services. While 5S creates orderly workplaces it’s far more than simple cleaning or housekeeping. 5S drives continuous improvement in workplaces by systematically exposing waste, making abnormalities visible, and prompting change for the better.