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Kanban Card Design

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A kanban is, in its basics, information to reproduce or reorder parts. Hence, in its most basic form it has to say “make me this part” or “bring me this part.” While such very simple kanban systems are possible, usually it helps to include other information on the kanban... http://www.allaboutlean.com/kanban-card-design/
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Line Layout Strategies – Part 3: Merging

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In my last two posts (here 1 and here 2) I discussed line layouts, including the famous U-line. In the last post of this small series, I would like to wrap up the line layout discussions, looking at merging material flows and other things. Merging Material Flows Assembly lines are the prime... http://www.allaboutlean.com/line-layout-strategies-part-3-merging/
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Line Layout Strategies – Part 1: The Big Picture

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In flow shops, you have a production line of some sort. This may be an assembly line or a manufacturing line; this may be automatic or manual. In lean, you often hear about the famous U-line. While this is a great solution, it may not fit all problems. Depending on the surrounding conditions, a... http://www.allaboutlean.com/line-layout-strategies-part-1-the-big-picture/
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Reddit: I am Chris Roser, a professor studying the past, present, and future of manufacturing, and just published my first book. AMA!

Reddit: I am Chris Roser, a professor studying the past, present, and future of manufacturing, and just published my first book. AMA! | AllAboutLean.com | Scoop.it
On September 27, I did my first Reddit: “I am a … ask me anything.” With almost four hundred comments, I consider it a quite successful AMA. I am Chris Roser, a professor for production management; a lean expert; a Toyota, Bosch, and McKinsey alumnus; and I’m interested... http://www.allaboutlean.com/reddit-ama/
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"Lean Standard" ISO 18404 – A Questionable Idea ...

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Recently I learned about a new ISO 18404 standard certifying lean and Six Sigma organizations. I think this is a highly questionable idea, with little benefit for the quality of lean manufacturing. This certification madness won’t make much  difference for the quality of lean but will ... http://www.allaboutlean.com/iso-18404/
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Can you tell your Bottleneck from your Inventory?

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On the shop floor it is common wisdom to find the bottleneck based on the inventory. If the buffer is full, the bottleneck is downstream. If the buffer is empty, the bottleneck is upstream. Is this true? My student Carolin Romeser and I spent quite some time verifying this, and found some... http://www.allaboutlean.com/bottleneck-direction-inventory/
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AllAboutLean.com Is Now 3 Years Old!

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Yayyy! AllAboutLean.com is now 3 years old! Three years ago on September 1, 2013, I became a professor and wrote the first post on my blog. Now, 163 blog posts and one book later, I am still enjoying it immensely! I feel that after three years of weekly (longer) postings, I am now no longer a... http://www.allaboutlean.com/3rd-birthday/
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The History of Manufacturing – Part 2: Middle Ages to Industrial Revolution

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Most of our prosperity and wealth is based on our ability to manufacture faster, better, and cheaper than ever before. To announce the publication of my first book “Faster, Better, Cheaper” in the History of Manufacturing: From the Stone Age to Lean Manufacturing and Beyond here is the second of ... http://www.allaboutlean.com/firstlecture_hom_2/
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Good and Bad Ways to Calculate the OEE

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There are different ways to calculate an OEE. I know of at least three different ways. However, some of them are easier and more practical than others. Maybe you have seen a formula similar to OEE = A x P x Q. I see this formula often, but for me it is a very impractical way to calculate the... http://www.allaboutlean.com/bad-oee-formula/
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How to Prioritize Your Work Orders – Prioritization of Made to Stock

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Prioritization strategy for emergency vehicles … In my last two posts I described why and how to establish a system for handling priority work orders. This post discusses how to actually prioritize your different work orders. Hint: It has a lot to do with the quantity of a particular... http://www.allaboutlean.com/how-to-prioritize-mts/
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How to Prioritize Your Work Orders – Basics

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Any manufacturing system has production orders, some of which are urgent, others of which are less so. Hence, you may need to prioritize some orders over others. There are different ways to prioritize your orders – and merely telling your people to rush a job creates more chaos than it helps. L... http://www.allaboutlean.com/how-to-prioritize-work-basics/
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How to Make "Just in Time" Work – Part 1

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Just in time Just in Time (JIT) is the delivery of parts just when you need them. In my last post I explained what JIT is all about. In this post (and the next one) I will go into much more detail on different measures you can take toward JIT. But be warned, most of them are not easy, either in... http://www.allaboutlean.com/how-to-just-in-time-1/
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Tales from Japan - Lean in the Japanese Public Toilet

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Whenever I am in Japan, I look for examples of lean behavior visible to the public (see, for example, Japanese Standard Pointing and Calling). This time I would like to talk about Japanese public toilets and all the nifty features to make their use a pleasant experience. You will be surprised h... http://www.allaboutlean.com/japanese-public-toilet/
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Interview on the David Pakman Show on the Future of Manufacturing

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Recently I had the exciting opportunity to be interviewed on the David Pakman Show on American TV, where I talked about the future of manufacturing, especially in America. Our subjects of discussion ranged from “bringing jobs back,” to the presidential election, to the carbon tax and... http://www.allaboutlean.com/interview-on-the-david-pakman-show-on-the-future-of-manufacturing/
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Line Layout Strategies – Part 2: I-, U-, S-, and L-Lines

Line Layout Strategies – Part 2: I-, U-, S-, and L-Lines | AllAboutLean.com | Scoop.it
The layout of a line can make quite a difference in the performance of your line. The U-line is most famous, although in my view while good it may not be the right thing for all situations. There is also the I-line, the S-line, and the U-line. In my last post I described some general thoughts on... http://www.allaboutlean.com/line-layout-i-s-u-l-lines/
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Loss of Material: Theft!

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Most of the material you purchase eventually goes (hopefully) to the customer. Some will be waste, others may be scrap. Yet a small part is also likely to be stolen, probably by your own employees. In this post I will look at the effects of theft and give you some industry examples. Where Does... http://www.allaboutlean.com/loss-of-material-theft/
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Toyota's and Denso's Relentless Quest for Lot Size One

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Just when you need it … A famous step toward perfection in a lean production system is a lot size of one. However, few people realize what enormous effort and rigor Toyota applies to achieve this goal. During my visit to a Toyota plant and the APMS conference in Tokyo  in 2015, I saw quite ... http://www.allaboutlean.com/toyota-lot-size-one/
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Volkswagen Supplier Relations Failure

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In the last months, there has been an unprecedented power struggle between Volkswagen and its suppliers. Two of the suppliers stopped delivering, leading to a full stop of multiple production lines at six Volkswagen plants, including its main plant Wolfsburg. This whole mess comes on top of the ... http://www.allaboutlean.com/volkswagen-prevent/
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The Many Different Flavors of the OEE

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If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness or Efficiency) is indeed one of the most appreciated measures in lean. I counted at least eight different variants and adaptions of the basic OEE – although let me tell you that I am not impressed with all o... http://www.allaboutlean.com/oee-flavors/
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The History of Manufacturing – Part 4: Toyota and Lean

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Most of our prosperity and wealth is based on our ability to manufacture faster, better, and cheaper than ever before.To announce the publication of my first book “Faster, Better, Cheaper” in the History of Manufacturing: From the Stone Age to Lean Manufacturing and Beyond here is the fourth and ... http://www.allaboutlean.com/firstlecture_hom_4/
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The History of Manufacturing – Part 1: Prehistory to Antiquity

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Most of our prosperity and wealth is based on our ability to manufacture faster, better, and cheaper than ever before. To announce the publication of my first book “Faster, Better, Cheaper” in the History of Manufacturing: From the Stone Age to Lean Manufacturing and Beyond, I would like to star... http://www.allaboutlean.com/firstlecture_hom_1/
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How to Prioritize Your Work Orders – Prioritization of Made to Order

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In my previous posts I went into great detail on how to prioritize your work, with a focus on made-to-stock-type production. In this last post of my series on work prioritization, I look at made-to-order systems and mixed made-to-order and made-to-stock systems. Made to Order Only Here’s... http://www.allaboutlean.com/how-to-prioritize-mto/
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How to Prioritize Your Work Orders – The VIP Lane

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In my previous post I went through the basics of prioritization of your work orders. The easiest way to prioritize these orders is through a VIP lane: a lane for very important parts. In this post I will discuss what you need to make your VIP lane work – and how you can completely mess up a p... http://www.allaboutlean.com/how-to-prioritize-work-vip/
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How to Make "Just in Time" Work – Part 2

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Just in time… In my previous posts I explained what “Just in Time” is, and started with different actions on how to make “Just in Time” work. As it turns out, there are a lot of things you can do, and one blog post was not enough. So here’s part two on how to... http://www.allaboutlean.com/how-to-just-in-time-2/
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What Is "Just in Time"?

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Just in time … Just in Time (or JIT) is a powerful method to reduce costs and increase efficiency. However, it is also very difficult to achieve. Most times when a Western company tells me it does JIT, it turns out that this is merely wishful thinking. Let me tell you what JIT really is. I... http://www.allaboutlean.com/what-is-just-in-time/
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