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OEE is a simple but effective measure of how much productivity you’re getting out of your manufacturing process. This measure uses three factors: Availability, Performance, and Quality. An OEE score of 100% is essentially perfection (completely on time, no defects, and the process is as fat as possible). Let’ take a deeper look at these […] Read the full article →

Critical to Quality specifications are an odd duck. They’re one of the few things in business that’s more an art than a science, and a lot of it comes down to thinking things through logically to best translate a customer’s words (which may be too vague or inaccurate) to their wants and needs. Essentially, Critical […] Read the full article →

Autonomous maintenance is a practice so intuitive that it’s a wonder it’s not standard across all companies in every industry. There are factors in some industries that make it harder – artificially so if you’re a programmer; I’m sure we all know the pain of having a contractor from another company develop a key piece […] Read the full article →

So you’ve decided to implement 5S policies into your workspace. Great! So now what? How do you train your people to follow these policies and create a neat visual workspace? For new employees your job is easy, you can start them on these 5S policies from day 1 as part of your Sustain goals, and […] Read the full article →

A gemba walk is an almost meditative practice, and requires a specific mindset to pull off. Based on (like so many other modern Lean practices) what was originally a Japanese concept – the word gemba or genba literally meaning “the real place”, though that isn’t the whole concept – it is the idea that direct […] Read the full article →

The Lean-Six Sigma methodology is a cyclic methodology that connects a manufacturing or service process to a defined Customer Value. One of the main questions that a process owner must ask themselves and their team when a customer makes a requirement is: Is my process capable of achieving my customer’s desires in a controlled and […] Read the full article →

What is Value-Stream Mapping? The lean methodology is a cyclic process via which the needs of customers are identified, then subsequently built into manufacturing or service processes in order to satisfy these critical requirements. As the old adage goes: “The customer is always right!”. The customer is king, and if they feel that their voices […] Read the full article →

Operating processes within  service or manufacturing organizations are never perfect. On any given day, challenges can surface that cause the organization to deviate from its target objectives. Knowing that uncertainty exists, the key to successful Operations Management lies in appropriate preparedness which involves building contingencies in place, that facilitate your organization’s restoration. In its usual […] Read the full article →

SMED is an acronym for the lean production method – Single Minute Exchange of Dies. Developed by Shigeo Shingo, a Japanese Industrial Engineer, the methodology provides an efficient and timely transfer from one product to the next in a manufacturing process. This rapid transition facilitates the optimization of the available equipment in a production facility. […] Read the full article →

STATISTICAL PROCESS CONTROL: WESTERN ELECTRIC RULES The DMAIC Methodology in Quality Management, consists of five main steps that organizations utilize in order to satisfy customer requirements. In sequential order, these steps are: Define Measure Analyze Improve Control The control phase of the process, is the final sustaining phase of this continuous improvement cycle. Every time […] Read the full article →

Thoughts on preparing for the turbulence that comes with business. Any business making legitimate strides toward a positive goal is moving in some direction, and any business that is moving is naturally going to face obstacles and bumps in the road. These bumps in the road range from day-to-day variances to unique, major variances that […] Read the full article →

A Six Sigma method of identifying and addressing process lag. If they are wise, every organization goes through rigorous testing steps to smooth out kinks in the production process. Disruptions in and hindrances to ideal production levels exist in the form of delays, human errors, machine errors, defects, and more. It is wise to have […] Read the full article →