Kanban Systems

Kanban Systems

Kanban systems are an important scheduling system used in ‘just-in-time’ production facilities.  The word Kanban actually means signboard or billboard, and with these systems each part or product is only supplied as it is needed.  This critical part of the just in time method of manufacturing helps to eliminate waste in a variety of ways

Six Sigma and More

Six Sigma and More

As most people are aware, six sigma is a concept of process measurement and improvement used by many companies around the world.  The goal in any six sigma process is to have no more than 3.4 defects per million opportunities.  An opportunity is any specific task which is performed.  It could be anything from the manufacturing of

5S and 6S

5S and 6S

The traditional 5 “S’s” of 5s are Sort, Straighten, Shine, Standardize and Sustain.  Facilities around the world have been following the 5S standards for years with incredible successes.  Some companies today, however, want to add in another S to try to further improve on this already very popular set of standards.  The sixth S is

5S and Lean

5S and Lean

When investigating ways to help your business run more efficiently and safely almost everyone has come across the terms 5s and lean, and in many cases they are even thought of as somewhat interchangeable.  The fact is, however, that they have different meanings even if they are used in combination with each other when evaluating the

5S Floor Tape

5S Floor Tape

When managing a factory or other potentially hazardous facility it is important to take every measure possible to ensure the safety of the employees who work there, any visitors who come through and of course the equipment and products which are in the facility.  As with any business, however, you also have to balance your

Kaizen

Kaizen

Kaizen is a Japanese word which means improvement or to change for the better, but it is also a philosophy or set of practices which many businesses use to help them focus on continuous improvement of their processes in manufacturing.  While it has been applied in many industries including health care, banking, engineering and government,