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  • Have You Checked Your SMED, Lately!

    SMED stands for Single Minute Exchange of Dies. One of Shigeo Shingo’s and Toyota’s greatest gains in increasing flow was figuring out how to change the extremely large, heavy dies used to produce (stamp) the large body parts of different car models quickly. Toyota was able to improve...

    Tags: A3 Thinking, Flow, Kanban, Shigeo Shingo, SMED, Standardized Work

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  • Sayings of the Lean Fathers

    Within the body of Jewish literature,  there is a book called "Pirke Avot", which means 'Sayings of the Fathers'. It is a collection of wisdom and quotes handed down from the ancient rabbis and the Jewish tradition. Taking that reference as a model, I decided to produce this "Sayings of the ...

    Tags: 5 Why, Continuous Improvement, Deming, Engagement, Gemba, Kaizen, Masaaki Imai, Perfection, Problem Solving, Respect, Root Cause, Shigeo Shingo, Standardized Work, Systems, Taiichi Ohno, Toyota, TPS, Visual Management

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  • Major Contributors to the Theory and Practice of Process Improvement

    In its most general sense, process improvement is an analysis of a series of set actions, especially in business, that is aimed at both improving quality and decreasing costs. The theory and practice of process improvement have increasingly been applied in various industries and corporate sector...

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  • Indefinite Postponement

    Today’s post is inspired by the politically charged gobbledygook we call presidential primaries.   This battle of principles turned battle of wills reminds me that the role of the change agent can be as much theater as science.  But, at least in a public forum the positi...

    Tags: lean manufacturing, Old Lean Dude, GBMP, hoshin kanri, kaizen, shigeo shingo, Toast Kaizen, toyota production system, true north, value stream mapping

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  • Eye of the Beholder

    Many moons ago when I was just getting started on my lean journey, I visited a large automotive supplier to benchmark pull systems.  My own factory had started a pilot kanban between two work centers and I was hoping to gain some insight from a more experienced source.  To my disappoint...

    Tags: lean manufacturing, Old Lean Dude, 5S, GBMP, kaizen, kanban, poka-yoke, shigeo shingo, Toast Kaizen, toyota production system, TPM, TPS, true north, value stream mapping

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  • Profitless Part Proliferation

    I wrote a post a little more than five years ago about Variety Reduction Program (VRP), an amazing but little known product design optimization tool.  At the time I referred to VRP as an idea whose “time had not yet come.”  Last week, as I gave a short presentation on VRP, I...

    Tags: lean manufacturing, Old Lean Dude, GBMP, hoshin kanri, inventory, kaizen, poka-yoke, shigeo shingo, Toast Kaizen, toyota production system, TPS, true north, value stream mapping

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  • Peripheral Discoveries

    The following post is inspired by The Teachings of Don Juan, an anthropological novel from the 1960’s written by Carlos Castaneda chronicling his travels with Don Juan, a Yaqui shaman.   To crudely paraphrase, according to Don Juan, the road to knowledge is blocked first by fear o...

    Tags: lean manufacturing, Old Lean Dude, GBMP, kaizen, shigeo shingo, toyota production system, value stream mapping

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  • Lean By Doing

    Early along, as a student of the Toyota Production System (TPS), now referred to as “Lean,” I struggled with some of the concepts and systems.  For example, Shigeo Shingo’s claim that a four-hour machine setup could be reduced to less than ten minutes made me a skeptic. &l...

    Tags: lean manufacturing, Old Lean Dude, 5S, kaizen, shigeo shingo, toyota production system

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  • Tools or Culture?

    With our annual Northeast LEAN Conference just a few days away, I want to relate a personal story about the theme of this year’s conference, The Integration of Tools & Culture: The first two books I ever read about Lean were Zero Inventories by Robert Hall and Japanese Manufacturing T...

    Tags: lean manufacturing, Old Lean Dude, 7 wastes, Changeover, continuous improvement, enterprise excellence, kaizen, kanban, shigeo shingo, SMED, toyota production system, TPS

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  • Doormats

    One of Shigeo Shingo’s popular status quo targets was engineers, whom he placed in three categories: Table engineers—those who just sit around a table and talk about problems Catalog engineers—those who think the solution to every problem can be found in a catalog Nyet engi...

    Tags: lean manufacturing, Old Lean Dude, continuous improvement, design for assembly, lean engineer, shigeo shingo, six sigma, toyota production system

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