Mark Graban's leanblog.org - Lean Healthcare, Lean Hospitals, Healthcare Kaizen, Lean Thinking, Lean Manufacturing, Toyota Production System

Lean Knife Making

0

HeraldNet: Leaning on a role model:

Another lean transformation snapshot story:

“Three years ago, Buck Knives was manufacturing the old way, using long, specialized assembly lines that resulted in the need to store large amounts of partially completed knives that were not yet ready to be shipped or sold. This unusable inventory – work in progress – had a considerable amount of labor invested, took up floor space and needed to be tracked.

Buck Knives was introduced to lean manufacturing by its executive vice president of operations, Phil Duckett, and began to transform its lumbering, inventory-laden, inefficient assembly lines into a quicker system.”

I like how the CEO is quoted calling it a “philosophy” (hopefully, he is coming to believe in it), not just some cost-cutting tools.

Post continues after ad...

I hope the CEO also truly embraces this:



Many of these solutions are about enabling those who do the work. “One of the goals of a lean organization is to push down the ability to say, ‘Yes',” Buck said. “The closer the decision can come to the person doing the work, the more efficient the process.”

Post continues after ad...
Please check out my main blog page at www.leanblog.org

The RSS feed content you are reading is copyrighted by the author, Mark Graban.

, , , on the author's copyright.

Please post a comment and join the discussion. Subscribe to get notified about posts daily or weekly.

Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent book is an anthology titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.