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  • Defining Heijunka, Batching & Takt Time

    What would you say if you heard the word Heijunka in your next staff meeting? “Bless you?” Maybe. Nobody would fault you. Heijunka (pronounced hi-JUNE-kuh) is a word that many organizations have been using to garner serious results. It’s based on an old business principle that...

    Tags: Business Management, Six Sigma, Tools and Software, Batching, Heijunka, lean manufacturing, six sigma tools, Takt Time

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  • Kanban, JIT, and How Piggly Wiggly Changed the World of Lean Manufacturing

    Here’s a list of things you might find in your local supermarket: Canned goods Pet food Hair products Cheese The key to completely revolutionizing the manufacturing and production industry forever That last item is a little hard to come by, but according to legend, that’s wh...

    Tags: Six Sigma, Terms, Tools and Software, Just in Time Production, Kanban, Piggly Wiggly, Taiichi Ohno, Toyota Production System

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  • Pharmaceutical Companies Embrace Quality by Design

    Quality matters in every industry, but let’s be honest. There are some industries where it matters a lot. If the bun on your burger is soggy, it’s a minor problem. If your air conditioning fails in the middle of summer, it’s a major problem. If the brakes go out on your car, it...

    Tags: News and Current Events, Tools and Software, Critical To Quality, Design of Experiments, quality assurance, quality by design

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  • Marketing, Milkshakes and Understanding Your Customers

    McDonald’s Milkshakes McDonald’s had a problem. They weren’t selling enough milkshakes. You’ll soon discover, that wasn’t actually the problem. That’s what McDonald’s found out when it hired a team of researchers to figure out why milkshake sales were slu...

    Tags: Business Management, Off The Wall, Tools and Software, customer experience, Customer Needs and Requirements, Kano Model, root cause, voice of the customer

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  • What is a SIPOC Diagram?

    The first step on any Six Sigma project is to decide whether the issue under consideration is right for the application of tools used in the methodology. There is even a method for determining what should become a Six Sigma project, a helpful tool especially if it is the organization’s firs...

    Tags: Six Sigma, Terms, Tools and Software, input-output model, SIPOC, SIPOC definition, SIPOC Diagram

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  • Turkish Gold Mine Uses Lean, Kaizen to Improve Performance

    In 2013, the Tuprag mining company in Turkey faced two situations that severely impacted the company’s ability to effectively run the Efemcukuru gold mine. First, gold prices dropped from a high of $1,900 in 2011 to about $1,300. Second, safety risks were increasing and production performan...

    Tags: Business Management, News and Current Events, Tools and Software, kaizen, lean, lean 5s, Standard Work, Total Productive Maintenance, Value Stream Mapping

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  • Lean Principles Help Manufacturer Reduce Waste, Increase Production

    In 2015, American Rheinmetall Systems (ARS) faced a challenge. The German-owned engineering company needed to streamline operations to give employees more time to take on additional defense contracts. The businesses’ parent company, Rheinmetall Defence, also wanted ARS to move from a worksh...

    Tags: Business Management, News and Current Events, Tools and Software, kaizen, lean manufacturing, Lean tools, Non-Value-Add, Spaghetti Chart, Value Stream Mapping

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  • University of Chicago Physicians Exploring Use of Process Improvement

    Despite a growing awareness of the issue, the drug overdose epidemic continues to worsen in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported earlier this year that the number of deaths from drug overdose in 2016 rose by 20% over 2015. In the last three months of the year...

    Tags: Implementation, News and Current Events, Tools and Software, Lean healthcare, Lean process improvement, PDCA, University of Chicago Medicine

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  • Iowa School District Improves Processes with the Help of Lean

    Eliminating wasteful practices and utilizing resources as effectively as possible is a constant struggle for organizations – not to mention educational institutions and other local government entities. But perhaps we are seeing a changing of the guard, as a number of public sector organizat...

    Tags: Implementation, News and Current Events, Tools and Software, continuous improvement, lean, lean 5s, PDCA, process improvement education

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  • Single Minute Exchange of Die (SMED) Definition and Example

    Lean offers a variety of strategies for identifying and eliminating waste. One of the most effective comes with an interesting name: Single Minute Exchange of Die (SMED). It’s also known as a Quick Changeover. SMED is a tool in Lean used to reduce the amount of time it takes to change fro...

    Tags: Six Sigma, Terms, Tools and Software, Just in Time Production, six sigma terms

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