When there is not clear communication between team members it can result in duplicate efforts, defects or re-work of tasks already completed but done so incorrectly. Some supervisors find they are constantly on the go chasing tasks to be completed but not knowing...read more
The Toyota Production System formalized a lot of concepts and terms, including the term Poka-yoke. Translated from Japanese it means mistake-proofing or avoid (yokeru) mistakes (poka) and is any mechanism in Lean manufacturing that helps floor workers using equipment...read more
Often a forgotten pillar of the Toyota Production System, and in Lean manufacturing itself, Jidoka is actually one of the most important principles of Lean. Sometimes known as autonomation, Jidoka means automation with human intelligence. The word itself was created...read more
Between 1948 and 1975 Toyota developed a system using Ford’s Assembly line ideas to fine tune a production line that cut back on a number of waste matters. These were: Waste of waiting Overproduction waste Waste of unnecessary transport Additional stock waste...read more
When you hear the phrase Lean Management, which industry do you instantly think of? Manufacturing, Car industry, Electronics industry? How about in fast food, or Charity Food Banks. Lean management production systems are adaptable to a number of industries, from...read more
When everybody, from top management to part-time workers are on board with adopting ISO 45001 – Occupational Health and Safety Standard – there are certain steps needed before the business can be certified. Starting with running a gap analysis on the current state of...read more
12th March 2018 sees the introduction of ISO 45001, a management standard that is a global standard for organizations to adopt to reduce the health and safety risks within the workplace and associated with the tasks workers are required to partake in. ISO 45001 has...read more
Understanding how One Piece Flow works is excellent, however implementing it is the hard part and takes effort from everyone involved. There is no official go-to guide on how to apply the concept as it is such a wide-ranging one however, there are some requirements...read more
Although multi-tasking, or even batching tasks, can seem efficient and time-saving the actual opposite is true. Taking the time to focus on one piece of work at a time can speed up operations, particularly manufacturing, by 96%. The way this is done is simple. By...read more
Corrective Action and Preventive Action is a system to collect and analyze information regarding non-conformances in process. Identifying and investigating problems before putting in to place a corrective plan for the current problems, and a preventive plan for future...read more
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