Articles on Lean Manufacturing

BTOES CASE STUDY: Operational Excellence Award Winner Delphi Powertrain

Delphi offers unique systems level knowledge and analysis resources for manufacturers of m...



What's Next after Lean and Six Sigma? -

Larry is Founder of Pathways to Manufacturing Excellence, and a veteran of 35 years in the...



Creating a Culture that Sustains 5S and Operational Excellence -

QUESTION: One of the most basic practices of lean is a culture of 5S at each work station....



Assuring Operational Excellence from Contractors and Their Subcontractors II: A Best Practice Model Abstract

This piece accompanies our latest BTOES Insights premium content, "Attaining & Sustaining ...



Assuring Operational Excellence from Contractors and Their Subcontractors

This piece accompanies our latest BTOES Insights premium content, a free chapter of Operat...



5 Principles for Operational Excellence from the Lean 5S Guide

5 Principles for Operational Excellence in Manufacturing  On an Operational Excellence Jou...



Four Foundations: the Johnson Controls Manufacturing System

This case study is just one of the very best Award-Winning Examples of Successful Operatio...



EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Leveraging Lean for Market Growth - Goodyear Tire & Rubber

Watch Norbert's presentation session, 'Lean Driven Innovation', here, courtesy of the Busi...



The Lean 5S Guide - Isn't it about time?

No matter which industry you’re in, disorganization in the workplace is a slow, subtle kil...



The Fast Lane to Excellence: How to be a Better Leader in Manufacturing - 4 tips

This article is part 2 of The Fast Lane, by Larry Fast. Read Part one: '13 Ways Difficult ...



Are Hard Skills or Soft Skills More Important for Culture? 5 Tips on Hiring for the Factory Floor

Question: When you hired for the factory floor, what was more important to you in the cand...



Be A Rebel With A Cause: 7 Steps for A Successful Gemba Walk

This post was originally featured on TBMcg.com Gemba walks are often misunderstood as “man...



The Fast Lane to Operational Excellence

For those of us old enough to remember, we have been reading about the "Barriers to Operat...



FREE GUIDE: Lean 5S

Download the Lean 5S Guide: Learn the Principles of the 5S/6S philosophy and how to succes...



Performance Metrics that Matter: Effective Productivity Measures

Effective Productivity is a slippery slope.  Frankly, I can count on one hand the plants I...



The FAST Lane: How Robust is your Sales and Operations Planning Process?

I’ve always thought the delivery performance metric best reflects how well integrated the ...



The Fast Lane: The Discontinuous Continuous Improvement Journey

Why do so many operations in so many companies commit to a career-long Continuous Improvem...



ARTICLE: What's Your Lean Business System Reference Model?

Kata: A systematic global cultural development process where patterns of behaviors, values...



ARTICLE: How to Choose Metrics to Drive Continuous Improvement

QUESTION: I am trying to develop a list of metrics to drive our continuous improvement eff...



ARTICLE: Stopping Unsafe Acts Shouldn’t be a “Right”

Have you told your employees that they have the “right” or the “authority” to stop work wh...



ARTICLE: What is World Class Manufacturing, and How Do You Measure it?

Question: What is world class and how do you measure it?



ARTICLE: Lean and the BMI ( Body Mass Index ) Analogy for Manufacturing

The word Lean conjures up several images in people’s mind whenever it is mentioned. On a p...



CASE STUDY: Operational Excellence Award Winner Delphi Powertrain

Delphi offers unique systems level knowledge and analysis resources for manufacturers of m...



CASE STUDY: Operational Excellence Award Winner SONOCO

Sonoco is a global provider of packaging products and services, delivering innovative solu...



ARTICLE: How Do You Re-engage an Apathetic, Aging Workforce?

QUESTION: This reader’s question asks about “how to re-engage an aging workforce?” I’m par...



ARTICLE: How Many Experts are Needed to Embark on a Lean Journey?

QUESTION: We are starting discussions about trying to start a lean initiative and are in d...



ARTICLE: What is the Best Way to Begin a Lean or Continuous Improvement Journey?

Question: We are a small company with approximately 150 employees, 3 manufacturing locatio...



Creating a Culture that Sustains 5S and Operational Excellence

QUESTION: One of the most basic practices of lean is a culture of 5S at each work station....



How 'Managing Up' can Boost Your Continuous Improvement Results

The topic for this article is “Managing Up.” This subject is the result of an excellent, s...



LONG ARTICLE: What Can Organization Leaders Do to Create & Manage Culture Change?

QUESTION: What are the two (or three or five or seven) most important things organization ...



What's Next after Lean and Six Sigma?

Larry is Founder of Pathways to Manufacturing Excellence, and a veteran of 35 years in the...



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