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Japanese Multidimensional Problem Solving

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Don’t try just one … In the West, the standard approach for problem solving is to take a good look a the problem, after which a solution approach will pop into someone’s head. This approach is then optimized until the problem is solved. However, while this often ends up with... http://www.allaboutlean.com/japanese-problem-solving/
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How to Misguide Your Visitor – or What Not to Pay Attention to During a Plant Visit!

How to Misguide Your Visitor – or What Not to Pay Attention to During a Plant Visit! | AllAboutLean.com | Scoop.it
And here’s what I want you to know… In the previous post I talked about how to have a successful plant tour and how to get the most information out of the visit. Today’s post shares the tricks of the trade on what things the plant does NOT want you to know about.See through... http://www.allaboutlean.com/misguide-plant-visit/
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Visit to Euromold for the Latest in 3D Printing

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The next Euromold trade show in Frankfurt will be in a few weeks. While the show generally presents products related to moldmaking  and tooling, they also have a large section on 3D printing. This is a good time for me to talk about 3D printing and my last visit to Euromold last year. 3D ... http://www.allaboutlean.com/3d-printing/
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Top Three Methods on how to Fudge Your OEE

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How to fudge your OEE! The Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is by far and wide the most lied-about and fudged measurement on the shop floor, both intentionally or by accident. This post tells you the top three different ways how an OEE is fudged, so you know which OEE to trust and which... http://www.allaboutlean.com/fudge-oee/
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How to Measure OEE

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How to measure an OEE? There is quite a difference between knowing in theory how to measure an Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), and actually measuring it in practice. This post will give crucial tips and points on how to measure the OEE on a real shop floor. As is frequently the case on... http://www.allaboutlean.com/measure-oee/
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Top Five Cases When NOT to Use a FiFo

Top Five Cases When NOT to Use a FiFo | AllAboutLean.com | Scoop.it
Standard wisdom for creating a good material flow is to use FiFo lanes (First in, First out). In other words, the first part that goes into the line should also be the first part that comes back out. As such, FiFo lanes and its big brother, Supermarket, are essential for any lean material flow.... http://www.allaboutlean.com/not-fifo-part1/
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A Successful Example of Lean Implementation – Trumpf and its Synchro Manufacturing System (Part 2)

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Half a century ago, Toyota started to develop its Toyota Production System, the archetype of every lean manufacturing system. Almost every manufacturing company nowadays seems to try to implement lean manufacturing. At the same time, most also seem to fail miserably, creating a lot of huff and... http://www.allaboutlean.com/trumpf-synchro-2/
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The Advantage of Handwritten Data on the Shop Floor

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On a modern shop floor, you will find lots of data and documentation. These are quite useful to track and improve the situation in the operations. Many of them are quite nicely printed charts, diagrams, and tables of key performance indicators (KPIs). However, when I look closer at them, I often... http://www.allaboutlean.com/hand-written-shop-floor/
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Ten Rules When to Use a FIFO, When a Supermarket – Introduction

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FIFO vs. Supermarket It is generally accepted knowledge that a lean manufacturing pull system uses both FIFO lanes and supermarkets to manage the material and information flow. However, there are few guidelines on when to use a supermarket and when to use a FIFO lane. This post is the first... http://www.allaboutlean.com/fifo-vs-supermarket-part1/
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Japanese Standard Pointing and Calling (Video)

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I see you! During my last trip to Japan, I finally took videos capturing the Japanese Pointing-and-Calling standard. Pointing and calling is a safety standard that started with Japanese train operators but now is widely used in industry. The idea is that whenever you confirm something, you ... http://www.allaboutlean.com/pointing-and-calling/
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Visual Management during World War II – A Visit to the Lascaris War Rooms in Malta

Visual Management during World War II – A Visit to the Lascaris War Rooms in Malta | AllAboutLean.com | Scoop.it
For larger improvement projects with a dedicated project team, there is frequently a “war room,” a conference room where all the project-related information and performance measures are kept. The name sounds cool and gives a certain air of focus to the project. The name, however, ... http://www.allaboutlean.com/lascaris-war-room/
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Lean Where You Least Expect It

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Standardization, visual management, and process confirmation are some important elements of lean manufacturing. Here we have an example many of you are probably familiar with – toilet paper folding at hotels. This simple example can clearly demonstrate the value of Standardization, visual m... http://www.allaboutlean.com/toilet-paper-origami/
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Make Your Plant Tour a Success!

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There are thousands of things to see during a plant tour. However, if you really want to know how good the plant is, there are a couple of tricks on what to watch during the tour. This post will give you a few quick but reliable metrics to estimate the performance of the plant. Update: Due to... http://www.allaboutlean.com/plant-tour/
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Ancient Roman Management Techniques

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Drusus Stone in Mainz. Ancient Romans already knew how to manage their people. For example, the Drusus Stone monument in Mainz demonstrates the importance of keeping your people both busy and motivated. I’ve recently been visiting the nearby city of Mainz again, taking a walk in the Citadel o... http://www.allaboutlean.com/drusus-stone/
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What the OEE is Good for ... and What it's Not

What the OEE is Good for ... and What it's Not | AllAboutLean.com | Scoop.it
What is an OEE good for anyway? Measuring the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is one thing, but before you measure the OEE you should know when and where you actually need the OEE to improve your industry. This post describes what the OEE is good for and what it’s not. There are... http://www.allaboutlean.com/use-oee/
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What is OEE?

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What is an OEE? OEE, the abbreviation for Overall Equipment Effectiveness (or sometimes Overall Equipment Efficiency), is a measure of the utilization of a machine. It is frequently used on the shop floor, often determines part of the performance-based compensation of the managers, and is by ... http://www.allaboutlean.com/oee-definition/
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Eight Rules for Total Gridlock in the Organization (Video)

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Prof. Dr. Peter Kruse There is an excellent and highly sarcastic video around by Prof. Dr. Peter Kruse, professor of organizational psychology at the University of Bremen. In this, he describes his Eight Rules for Total Gridlock in the Organization (8 Regeln für den totalen Stillstand). Since ... http://www.allaboutlean.com/eight-rules-peter-kruse/
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A Successful Example of Lean Implementation – Trumpf and its Synchro Manufacturing System (Part 1)

A Successful Example of Lean Implementation – Trumpf and its Synchro Manufacturing System (Part 1) | AllAboutLean.com | Scoop.it
Half a century ago, Toyota started to develop its Toyota Production System, the archetype of every lean manufacturing system. Almost every manufacturing company nowadays seems to try to implement lean manufacturing. At the same time, most also seem to fail miserably, creating a lot of huff and... http://www.allaboutlean.com/trumpf-synchro-1/
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The AllAboutLean.com JavaScript FiFo Calculator

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In my previous post, I discussed how to Determine the Size of Your FiFo Lane – The FiFo Formula. My preferred method is still an expert estimate. However, if you are interested in the math, here is a small JavaScript calculator that estimates a FiFo size for two processes. For instructions on h... http://www.allaboutlean.com/fifo-calculator/
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Ten Rules When to Use a FIFO, When to Use a Supermarket – The Rules

Ten Rules When to Use a FIFO, When to Use a Supermarket – The Rules | AllAboutLean.com | Scoop.it
FIFO vs. Supermarket Lean manufacturing pull systems use both FIFO lanes and supermarkets to manage the material and information flow. In my previous post we covered the basics about supermarket and FIFO lanes. Now we go into details about the ten rules when to use a supermarket instead of a... http://www.allaboutlean.com/fifo-vs-supermarket-part2/
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SMED – Creative Quick Changeover Exercises and Training

SMED – Creative Quick Changeover Exercises and Training | AllAboutLean.com | Scoop.it
Set up exercises One popular approach to battle waste is to streamline changeovers. Changing machines from one setup to another is often a time-consuming exercise. Hence, in lean manufacturing, reducing changeover times is a well-known method for improving efficiency. This post will show a... http://www.allaboutlean.com/smed-exercises/
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