Everything you need to know to run an efficient facility all in one place. Infographics, guides and best practices for creating a Lean and efficient facility.

Facility Efficiency Articles

Quality Control in Manufacturing

Quality Control in Manufacturing

Quality control in manufacturing is essential to maintaining a good customer base and keeping rework costs down.

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Lean, Kaizen, TPM, Facility Efficiency, Gemba, Six Sigma

5S Lean Training

5S Lean Training

If you’re new to the concept of 5S, you’ve probably feel confused. This article aims at providing clarity and setting you on the path toward understanding 5S and Lean.

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Lean, Kaizen, Facility Efficiency

Kanban Production System

Kanban Production System

Kanban Production Systems are an organizational system that produces big results by taking a series of small steps. Find out more...

Lean Manufacturing, Kanban, Facility Efficiency

Barcode Labeling

Barcode Labeling

Barcode labeling can help improve efficiency and overall accuracy when working with individual items. Learn how barcode labeling can help improve your business today.

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, Kanban, Labeling, Facility Efficiency

Six Sigma Certification

Six Sigma Certification

Are you wanting to learn more about Six Sigma certification? Review this basic information on what it takes to become Six Sigma certified.

Lean Manufacturing, Lean, Kaizen, Facility Efficiency, Six Sigma

Critical Path Method (CPM)

Critical Path Method (CPM)

The critical path method (CPM) is a tool for planning and managing projects. The method can help you create and execute a project schedule, and it’s designed to maximize efficiency.

Lean Manufacturing, Lean, Kaizen, Kanban, Facility Efficiency

Mass Production

Mass Production

Mass production is simply the manufacturing of a large number of identical or very similar products. This type of production has been around for a long time, and it has its advantages and disadvantages.

Lean Manufacturing, Lean, Kaizen, Kanban, Facility Efficiency, Gemba

House of Lean

House of Lean

The house of lean involves strategic planning and understanding to establish results of efficiency, safety, and process improvement.

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, Kanban, Facility Efficiency

What is QCDSM?

What is QCDSM?

QCDSM: Quality, Cost, Delivery, Safety and Morale. Learn how this simple lean principle can help your business.

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, Kanban, Facility Efficiency, Gemba, Six Sigma

8 Wastes of Lean

8 Wastes of Lean

The 8 Wastes of Lean is a much-needed update to the what the Toyota Production System called the 7 Wastes of Lean. Fighting these wastes head on will help your facility run more smoothly and efficiently.

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, Kanban, Facility Efficiency, Gemba, Six Sigma

Six Sigma Belt Levels

Six Sigma Belt Levels

Have you ever wondered what the Six Sigma belt levels are? Learn the requirements for each belt level and what it will do for your organization.

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, Facility Efficiency, Gemba, Six Sigma

Supply Chain Integration

Supply Chain Integration

Supply chain integration refers to the process of integrating all parts of fulfillment into one single system. Learn the steps to get your supply chain integrated into an easy-to-manage system.

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, Kanban, Floor Marking, Safety Signs, Facility Efficiency, Gemba, Six Sigma

Organizational Development Process

Organizational Development Process

Organizational development process is an improvement methodology designed to take known problems and implement changes in order to overcome them.

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, Kanban, Facility Efficiency

What is a Thermal Printer?

What is a Thermal Printer?

Thermal printers are essential to printing in an industrial setting. Learn about the two types of thermal printing to determine which one suits your facility’s needs.

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, Kanban, GHS, Arc Flash, Pipe Marking, Electrical Safety, Safety Signs, OSHA, NFPA, Wire Marking, Labeling, Workplace Safety, Facility Efficiency, Mining Safety, Gemba, Hazcom, Fire Safety, Military Equipment, Safety, Six Sigma

Tool Storage Ideas

Tool Storage Ideas

Lean manufacturing emphasizes organization, but it can be difficult figuring out just how to get started. This article lays out some common and effective ways of getting organized quickly.

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, Workplace Safety, Tool Organization, Facility Efficiency

Value Stream Mapping (VSM)

Value Stream Mapping (VSM)

Value stream mapping (VSM) gives a comprehensive look at a business’s production process. Once a business has their process mapped out, it’s easy to identify the places where waste happens.

Lean Manufacturing, Workplace Safety, Facility Efficiency

What is Jishuken?

What is Jishuken?

Are you a leader looking to understand the benefits of Jishuken? We breakdown the definition of Jishuken and how it can improve efficiency in your workplace.

Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, Facility Efficiency

Lean Healthcare

Lean Healthcare

Implementing lean healthcare in the medical field will lead to improvement in overall performance and patient satisfaction.

Lean Manufacturing, Safety Signs, Labeling, Workplace Safety, Regulations & Compliance, Facility Efficiency

Floor Marking for Factories

Floor Marking for Factories

Factories are busy, active environments with a lot happening at all times. Floor marking is a low-cost way of improving efficiency, safety, and organization.

Floor Marking, Forklift Safety, Facility Efficiency

Floor Marking for Facility Safety

Floor Marking for Facility Safety

The best way to enhance safety is keeping workers informed, and floor markings are the most reliable, durable method of ensuring that everyone is aware of potential hazards.

Lean Manufacturing, Floor Marking, Forklift Safety, Facility Efficiency, Safety

Perpetual Inventory System

Perpetual Inventory System

Using a perpetual inventory system is a great way to keep track of inventory, ordering, and other related tasks in order to keep your business running efficiently.

Lean Manufacturing, Tool Organization, Facility Efficiency

Wire Color Codes

Wire Color Codes

Proper electrical wiring is not the place for uncertainity. Fortunately, Wire Color Codes exist to protect you from harm, while ensuring that the lights stay on.

Electrical Safety, Wire Marking, Facility Efficiency, Safety

Theory of Constraints

Theory of Constraints

Whether you know it or not, something is holding your business back, and the Theory of Constraints can help you find it.

Lean Manufacturing, Facility Efficiency

Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)

Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)

Are your lean and 5S efforts making a difference? Crunch the numbers on OEE to find out!

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, Kanban, PPE, Workplace Safety, Facility Efficiency

Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)

Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)

Learn how you can reduce downtime, improve efficiency, and enhance employee morale all in one fell swoop with Total Productive Maintenance.

Lean Manufacturing, TPM, Facility Efficiency

8D for Problem Solving

8D for Problem Solving

The 8 Disciplines (often seen as the acronym “8D") is a problem-solving method initially developed by the Ford Motor Company to resolve a wide variety of problems in any professional environment. Find out how the 8D method can benefit your workplace.

Lean Manufacturing, Tool Organization, Facility Efficiency

Lean Logistics

Lean Logistics

Lean logistics is a detailed implementation or organization of an operation that is more complex in nature than what you see in standard lean strategy.

Lean Manufacturing, Tool Organization, Facility Efficiency

Kano Model

Kano Model

Using the Kano model is beneficial when evaluating what your consumers like, need or expect from your product or services. Learn more...

Lean Manufacturing, Facility Efficiency

5S System

5S System

A 5S system is an effective way to manage workplace organization in almost any environment. Check out how it can lead to success in your workplace.

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Facility Efficiency

Statistical Process Control (SPC) in Manufacturing

Statistical Process Control (SPC) in Manufacturing

Statistical Process Control also known as SPC, is a term used in quality control. Find out how you can use this continuous improvement method.

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, Kanban, Facility Efficiency

Bottleneck Analysis

Bottleneck Analysis

Learn to avoid hang ups that lead to bottlenecks with these helpful tools and tactics to improve quality and efficiency.

Lean Manufacturing, Facility Efficiency

Quality Circle

Quality Circle

Quality circle is a group of employees within the same job role that collaborate together to discuss ways to fix or improve processes. Learn more ›

Lean Manufacturing, Facility Efficiency

Warehouse Management

Warehouse Management

Proper warehouse management can dramatically improve both efficiency and safety. This article covers everything you need to know.

Lean Manufacturing, Workplace Safety, Forklift Safety, Facility Efficiency, Hazcom, Safety

Six Sigma Principles

Six Sigma Principles

Find out how to properly implement six sigma principles to promote success in your business.

Lean Manufacturing, Facility Efficiency, Six Sigma

Understanding the Five Whys

Understanding the Five Whys

Finding the root cause of a problem is imperative in problem solving. The "five whys" will help you find the root cause and prevent future issues.

Workplace Safety, Facility Efficiency

Learning and Implementing the Lean Process

Learning and Implementing the Lean Process

Learning the basics about the lean process is essential when implementing continuous improvement changes. We have broken down the lean process so its easy to understand.

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, Kanban, Facility Efficiency, Gemba, Six Sigma

Fault Tree Analysis

Fault Tree Analysis

Understanding fault tree analysis can help you find the root cause to an issue to help it become resolved. Learn about implementing fault tree analysis in your industry.

Lean Manufacturing, Facility Efficiency

Understanding the Toyota Production System

Understanding the Toyota Production System

The Toyota Production System, or TPS, brings improved organization to a facility, reduces waste, and can improve the bottom line of companies that adopt it.

Lean Manufacturing, Facility Efficiency

Introduction to Process Mapping

Introduction to Process Mapping

Process Mapping is used in many types of businesses to help companies streamline their production, increase profitability, reduce waste, and much more.

Lean Manufacturing, Facility Efficiency

How Can a Balanced Scorecard Help Your Facility?

How Can a Balanced Scorecard Help Your Facility?

A balanced scorecard is an effective management system that helps organizations better accomplish their goals and can be used effectively any type of business.

Lean Manufacturing, Facility Efficiency

Focusing on Continuous Improvement in the Workplace

Focusing on Continuous Improvement in the Workplace

Facilities that focus on continuous improvement become more competitive over time and can maintain their advantages in their industry, but only if the improvement efforts are done correctly.

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, Kanban, Facility Efficiency, Six Sigma

Process Cycle Efficiency

Process Cycle Efficiency

Process Cycle Efficiency is a metric commonly used by those following Lean and/or Six Sigma principals. It is calculated by taking value-added time and dividing it by lead time. The answer is a percentage, and the goal is to be as close to 100% as possible.

Lean Manufacturing, Facility Efficiency

Value-Added vs. Non-Value-Added Activities

Value-Added vs. Non-Value-Added Activities

The terms value-added and non-value-added are often used when evaluating changes in products, workflow production and process improvement. Categorizing activities will help identify what activities should be maintained and which ones should be adjusted or eliminated.

Lean Manufacturing, Facility Efficiency

19 Tool Foam Hacks and Tips for Your Tool Drawers

19 Tool Foam Hacks and Tips for Your Tool Drawers

Use these tool foam organizer tips and hacks get your workspace in order and simplify your life.

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Tool Organization, Facility Efficiency

Facility Efficiency Infographics

Tool Organization with Foam Kits

Tool Organization with Foam Kits

Tool Organization and Control with Foam Kits EMPTY your tool drawer. MEASURE the inside dimensions of the drawer. MARK AND CUT the tool foam sheets in the dimensions you got

Lean Manufacturing, Tool Organization, Facility Efficiency

Industrial Floor Tape vs. Industrial Floor Paint

Industrial Floor Tape vs. Industrial Floor Paint

Industrial Floor Tape vs. Industrial Floor Paint The average factory in the U.S. is 600,000 square feet. Many of them contain between 5,000 to 12,000 feet of safety & organizational lines

Floor Marking, Workplace Safety, Forklift Safety, Facility Efficiency, Safety

Gemba: A Powerful Piece of your Lean Toolbox

Gemba: A Powerful Piece of your Lean Toolbox

Gemba – A Powerful Piece of Your Lean Toolbox Gemba is a straightforward way for business owners and managers to find and remedy issues that can affect their production. Gemba walks can

Lean Manufacturing, Workplace Safety, Facility Efficiency, Gemba, Safety

The Importance of Industrial Label Printers

The Importance of Industrial Label Printers

The Importance of Industrial Label Printers in the Workplace Safety 2.8 million workplace injuries occur every year in the US alone.This equates to 1 injury every 11 seconds. With proper training and

Lean Manufacturing, Pipe Marking, Electrical Safety, Safety Signs, OSHA, Labeling, Workplace Safety, Facility Efficiency, Hazcom, Safety

Pipe Marking 101: Why is Pipe Marking Important?

Pipe Marking 101: Why is Pipe Marking Important?

Pipe Marking 101 - Why is pipe marking important? Safety - Eliminate accidents by minimizing identification errors. Efficiency - No wasted time tracing pipes to their source. Compliance - Reduce company liability and

Pipe Marking, OSHA, Regulations & Compliance, Facility Efficiency, Hazcom, Safety

Poka Yoke: What's it all about?

Poka Yoke: What's it all about?

Poka Yoke: What's it all about? Poka Yoke is a simple concept that is often used in manufacturing. It means “mistake-proofing.” It is the concept of adding simple design features that

Lean Manufacturing, Workplace Safety, Facility Efficiency, Safety

Facility Efficiency Blog Posts

Facility Efficiency Guides

 

Facility Efficiency Products

  •  

Facility Efficiency Podcasts

Lean Success Stories

Lean Success Stories

Lean success means increasing safety and efficiency. Yes, improve operations and save money simultaneously. Lean implementer Matt Wrye explains how. Matt is a lean expert, with a passion for continuous learning

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Facility Efficiency

Why Workers Resist Lean Culture

Why Workers Resist Lean Culture

Why do workers resist lean culture? Lean methodology expert Karen Wilhelm explains why employees are often suspicious of lean, and how to get them on board. In this podcast, Ms. Wilhelm

Lean Manufacturing, Facility Efficiency

Starting A Visual Workplace - Pt. 1

Starting A Visual Workplace - Pt. 1

Starting A Visual Workplace—improving efficiency with Visuality. Dr. Gwendolyn Galsworth explains better work flow through visual devices. Dr. Galsworth defines the Visual Workplace as “A work environment that is self ordering,

5S, Floor Marking, Safety Signs, Workplace Safety, Facility Efficiency, Safety

4 Reasons To Use Lifting Devices

4 Reasons To Use Lifting Devices

Lifting devices at work can reduce injuries and increase efficiency. Hear four detailed reasons why forklifts, conveyors and hoists are good investments. Workers can avoid sprains, fractures and musculoskeletal injuries if

Workplace Safety, Facility Efficiency, Safety

Continuous Improvement And Safety Without A Budget

Continuous Improvement And Safety Without A Budget

Owners and managers—the bosses—don’t often like change. Try “continuous improvement” to improve safety and efficiency. Start with no budget, in a small area to prove it and catch their attention. First,

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Workplace Safety, Facility Efficiency, Safety

Lean Safety

Lean Safety

Lean safety is the result of implementing “lean” methodology. Lean makes businesses less wasteful, more efficient and more profitable. An efficient workplace is a safer workplace. Simultaneous increases in efficiency and

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Floor Marking, Safety Signs, Workplace Safety, Facility Efficiency, Safety

Hazard Labels

Hazard Labels

Hazard labels give critical information. Labels are the glue that hold the whole safety system together. From manufacturing to office settings, proper labeling of hazards is important for employee safety, and

5S, Lean Manufacturing, GHS, Pipe Marking, PPE, Labeling, Workplace Safety, Facility Efficiency, Hazcom, Safety

Industrial Labeling Made Easy

Industrial Labeling Made Easy

Industrial labels are cheaper to make in-house. And quicker. For a manufacturing, in a warehouse, or almost any work site, consider buying a quality industrial label printer. Think about about all

5S, Lean Manufacturing, GHS, Arc Flash, Pipe Marking, Electrical Safety, Safety Signs, Labeling, Workplace Safety, Regulations & Compliance, Facility Efficiency, Safety

5S Red Tags

5S Red Tags

Increase efficiency by red-tagging items you don’t need immediately. Store them or get rid of them. Red tagging is part of “Sort”, one of the five elements of a Japanese system

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Workplace Safety, Tool Organization, Facility Efficiency, Safety

Unable to play video? Click here