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The Goals of the Lean Enterprise Your organization can apply lean methods and techniques to your product-production and business processes to deliver better value to your customers. A lean initiative has four man goals: Goal #1: Improve quality. Quality is the ability of your products or services to conform to your customers’ wants and needs […]

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5S System – FREE Templates – 001

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A system designed to organize and standardize a workplace and consisting of five component parts: Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain. So powerful but rarely implemented to the extent possible required to actually see gains in cultural change. Simple yet effective methods work best. GET YOUR FREE – 5S Schedule and Check-Sheet Templates […]

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Set in Order (for 5S)

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Set in Order (for 5S): Step 2 of the 5S System. To identify the best location for remaining items, relocate out of place items, set inventory limits, and install temporary location indicators – Institute of Operational Excellence

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Processing Waste

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Processing Waste: Effort that adds no value to the product or service from the customers’ viewpoint. – Institute of Operational Excellence

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Material Requirements Planning (MRP)

Material Requirements Planning (MRP): A computerized system typically used to determine the quantity and timing requirements for delivery and production of items. Using MRP specifically to schedule production at processes in a value stream results in Push production, because any predetermined schedule is only an estimate of what the next process will actually need. Manufacturing […]

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Leveling

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Leveling: The process or method used to distribute work within the value stream to maximize material and information flow efficiency. – Institute of Operational Excellence

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CONWIP

Constant Work In Process. This is another way of defining FIFO. (See FIFO.) – Institute of Operational Excellence

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Waste Muri Mura Muda – 003

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When it comes to the Japanese terms Muri, Muda, and Mura, more often than not people will put Muda first, because it refers directly to the waste being avoided within the system, and although it is of vital importance, the order should be: Mura: Before we can do anything else, we must first plan and […]

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Kanban

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Kanban, which directly translates into signboard or billboard in Japanese, is a scheduling system for lean production used in businesses who promote, use, and work in a lean environment where waste is prevented in all forms. It is a development that maintains and therefore controls inventory levels; a signal tells a supplier to produce and […]

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Kaizen

Kaizen is a term used by the Japanese which directly translates into “improvement”. However, it most generally refers to the practice of continuous improvement, which provides the common idea that it is an action among many workers, from CEO to lower ranked employees, throughout a workplace whom all are directly involved in improving all functions […]

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