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Advanced Lean Concepts 

Advanced Lean Concepts

Businesses are constantly looking for ways to refine their processes, increase productivity, and reduce waste. This is where lean and advanced lean concepts come into play. Before jumping onto advanced lean concepts, you must know what is lean? The lean approach to continuous improvement involves identifying and removing waste from processes. It operates on the

Understanding and Implementing Jidoka

Prevent Defects with Jidoka

Defects are a common problem often encountered in manufacturing departments. Many people in the industry have dealt with countless defects in products or machinery. The meaning of Jidoka is “automation with a human touch”; it is Japanese terminology and is a basic idea in lean manufacturing. It means combining human intelligence with machines that stop

Just-in-Time (JIT) Production Explained

Just in time production

A Comprehensive Overview of Just-In-Time Production Factories keep their shelves stocked with the right materials for production without any clutter by implementing a Just-in-Time (JIT) production approach. But what does JIT mean? Well, this strategy is a key principle of lean manufacturing which focuses on minimizing waste and working efficiently by getting raw materials only

The Power of Poka-Yoke: Mistake Proofing Your Processes

Poka Yoke Infographic

The poka-yoke method is a Japanese Lean manufacturing strategy used to avoid errors in a company’s operations. Its translation means “error-proof” or “avoid inadvertent errors.” It was created in 1960 at the Toyota factory in Japan by engineer Shigeo Shingo; it is a process improvement technique that significantly reduces the number of defects produced. (i.e.,

What Are Lean Tools & Techniques? 

Lean tools and techniques

Lean tools and techniques are a collection of methodologies and practices designed to continuously improve an organization’s efficiency and eliminate waste. They form the foundation of Lean management, a philosophy focused on maximizing value for the customer while minimizing everything else. These tools can be applied across various departments and functions, from manufacturing to healthcare

Lean Methodology

Lean Methodology

Lean methodology or lean manufacturing is centered around maximizing productivity and minimizing waste during the manufacturing process. The core idea of lean is that waste is anything that doesn’t add value to customers, which they are willing to pay for. The manufacturing industry certainly generates a significant amount of waste. Whether it’s idle workers, inadequate

What is Waste of Lean?

Wastes of Lean

Even the most technologically advanced manufacturing companies often produce waste, which is a silent killer of profits, resources, and efficiency. Today’s consumers are more environmentally conscious, meaning that waste reduction is no longer just about saving costs. It’s about long-term company health, product quality, customer satisfaction, and commitment to sustainability. The Lean Manufacturing approach identifies

Implementing Lean Principles For Improved Efficiency

Implementing Lean Principles

The principles of lean constitute a well-defined approach to achieving continuous improvement within an organization. It originally developed for manufacturing processes, but its effectiveness has led to its adoption across various industries and functionalities. The core principle of lean revolves around identifying and eliminating waste, a concept encompassing any activity that does not directly contribute

Lean 101

Lean 101

Lean manufacturing stands out as a production strategy that prioritizes eliminating  “waste” – anything that consumes resources (time, money, materials) without directly contributing to customer satisfaction. This waste can take many forms, from idle workers waiting on materials to inefficient processes that produce excess inventory. It prioritizes continuous improvement by identifying and eliminating activities that