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Tag: Factory Examples

Lean at Ariens – Cost *and* Value

Ariens Co. clears a path for 75 years | Appleton Post-Crescent Considering Ariens was an inspiration for one of the leading Lean hospitals (ThedaCare), that’s a huge contribution to the Lean world (and society, in general). This article doesn’t go into great detail on their Lean efforts, but there are a few quotes worth talking […]

By September 10, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

Lazy Headline Writing, Yet Again

Leaner and meaner – the way forward? Ah, the old easy “leaner and meaner” cliche’. Such an easy fallback for editors who aren’t feeling very creative. We know here that real Lean isn’t mean, at all. Lean respects the employees, suppliers, customers — all stakeholders. But “lean and mean” rhymes…. and I hate it every […]

By August 22, 2008 2 Comments Read More →

A Lean Story from the UK

Springs maker saves £50,000 by going lean – Crain’s Manchester Business Here’s a Lean story from the U.K… A Rochdale-based maker of springs for military, aerospace and automotive customers, has saved £50,000 and improved productivity thanks to lean manufacturing techniques.United Springs said it has reduced lead time on a key product line by 15 days […]

Ultimate Factories — Fire Trucks

I was watching a show (via Tivo, back over the weekend) that I just discovered on the National Geographic Channel — Ultimate Factories, their episode on fire truck manufacturing at Pierce Manufacturing. It’s a cool show for HD also. I think the “Ultimate” in the title tends to refer to the size of the products, […]

TWI at Energizer Battery

IndustryWeek : Introducing Training Within Industry Our friend Bryan Lund is featured in this interview with IndustryWeek (click here to subscribe) about the Training Within Industry Program. I love the focus on developing people: IW: What do you hope to gain from implementing TWI? Lund: Confident, problem solving people. IW: Would you consider this a […]

Using Lean to Expand Capacity… Who Loses?

CJOnline / The Topeka Capital-Journal – Topeka Hallmark to absorb work Is there a Hallmark card that says, “Sorry you lost your job?” They do, sort of. When companies use Lean, it’s not uncommon to find extra capacity through efficiency and uptime improvements. That’s good for the growth and long-term future of the facility. That’s […]

Google-Funded eSolar project shows signs of Lean Thinking

By Jason Turgeon: Google made headlines last year when it announced it that it was going to devote a significant chunk of cash to developing renewable energy that was cheaper than coal (the RE eSolar, a small startup that appears to be applying Lean principles to the thorny problem of how to bring the high […]

Another Wisconsin Lean Story

Appleton Post-Crescent: Little Chute company sees a sharp future Here’s another story about a small company in Wisconsin — they’re using Lean to get more competitive. Valley Grinding & Manufacturing (nicknamed “VG”) makes equipment that’s used to sharpen blades and grinders. Wisconsin seems to have a real concentration of Lean stories, both in factories and […]

Michigan Could Have Had a "Lean" Governor?

TOM WALSH: DeVos’ answer for manufacturing in Michigan: Flexibility, teamwork Here is an article about the Republican who lost the Michigan governor’s race last year, Dick DeVos. Considering all of the problems in the state’s economy, it might have been interesting to have a manufacturing company CEO as governor of my home state. From the […]

By February 19, 2008 5 Comments Read More →
Also Working on "Respect for People?"

Also Working on "Respect for People?"

Article Link: Lifting specialists set to lose weight I’m always a bit skeptical when I hear about Lean being a “project.” Sure, a project can be a starting point, but as the first step to transitioning to a Lean management system. Projects tend to degrade into former projects and former Lean methods. “The second project […]

By January 29, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

A Shortage of Employees or a Shortage of Lean Management?

“Help Wanted” highlights skills drain in U.S – Yahoo! News Here’s an interesting story about the shortage of machinists: While millions of jobs making everything from textiles to steel have moved to new powerhouses like China in recent years, precision manufacturing remains a crucial niche in the United States, one that is overworked and chronically […]

By January 21, 2008 5 Comments Read More →

A Biotech Company Using Lean

New England Peptide Implements Lean Manufacturing Here is an article about what might seem like a very untraditional industry using Lean — biotech. It’s a favorite excuse in almost any industry to say “we’re different,” but those who want to make Lean work find a way, since the concepts have proven to be so widely […]

By January 9, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

More Wisconsin Lean

Lean manufacturing in action is a beautiful thing The link above is a column in a Wisconsin newspaper. He visited a plant “a few months ago” and is just now writing about it. I guess the lead times in newspaper columns are that long?? Or, the writer is a slacker. Not surprisingly, the columnist writes […]

By November 7, 2007 11 Comments Read More →

"Bubble Busters" Busted

El Paso Times – Bubble Busters say farewell Here’s what would otherwise be a nice story about employees working together on kaizen (continuous improvement). The team is being rewarded with a trip to Japan: “In December, the group, who call themselves the Bubble Busters, will visit their parent company, Yazaki Corp. in Japan and will […]

By November 2, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

Never Too Old for Lean

Chambersburg Public Opinion – 150 years: TB Wood’s: Chambersburg’s oldest manufacturer: I don’t mean “too old” in terms of people, I mean for an “old company.” Here’s a story from Pennsylvania about a company that’s planning on being around for “the next 150 years.” “Workers today have the advantage of technology that wasn’t around 150 […]

By October 26, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

Lean at PACCAR

PACCAR Achieves Solid Third Quarter Sales and Profits: Lean success at PACCAR, from their quarterly announcement: “Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing Add Savings and Increase Capacity “PACCAR’s application of Six Sigma tools together with Lean Manufacturing techniques have realized cumulative benefits of $1.5 billion since 1998,” commented Helene Mawyer, PACCAR vice president. “Six Sigma and […]

By October 25, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

Clearing out my "WIP"

It’s time for another segment of “cleaning out the backlog,” those articles I meant to blog about, but didn’t get to. These are also articles that don’t demand too much commentary…. so enjoy: Where is Gary Convis going now that he’s retired from Toyota? Gary Convis, who we’ve written about a lot here, is joining […]

By October 8, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

Sounds Like Lean in Michigan

TOM WALSH: Custom vehicle builder Spartan Motors has a can-do culture The article doesn’t mention “Lean,” but it’s nice to see a positive story coming out of the manufacturing world in Michigan. No surprise, it’s from a small company instead of one of the Detroit Three or the traditional suppliers. It’s about a company, Spartan […]

By September 24, 2007 1 Comments Read More →