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ISO 9001: 2015

ISO 9001: 2015

ISO 9001: 2015 is a standard that outlines and defines requirements for a quality management systems. This QMS certification allows companies to demonstrate to clients that they take quality and efficiency seriously.

Implementing Kanban

Implementing Kanban

Kanban’s inventory system has transformed the way the world manufactures. This article outlines how to implement Kanban successfully and efficiently.

DMAIC Cycle

DMAIC Cycle

The DMAIC cycle is the foundational method of Six Sigma, the Lean manufacturing method that radically reduces defects in production and infinitely improves efficiency. Learn how to implement Six Sigma into your facility with DMAIC.

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 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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

House of Lean

House of Lean

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

What is QCDSM?

What is QCDSM?

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Healthcare

Lean Healthcare

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

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 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.

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.

Industrial Floor Marking Guidelines

Industrial Floor Marking Guidelines

OSHA doesn’t offer much guidance on how floor markings should be installed, so we’ve compiled some helpful tips and best practices to ensure your markings are useful, straightforward, and helpful to everyone in your facility.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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 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.

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...

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.

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.

Bottleneck Analysis

Bottleneck Analysis

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

Warehouse Management

Warehouse Management

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

Six Sigma Principles

Six Sigma Principles

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Visual Factories

Visual Factories

Visual factories use signs, posters, charts, labels and floor marking to provide information that improves efficiency, safety and productivity in the workplace. This is a fairly simple concept that yields excellent results.

How to Implement 5S in an Organization

How to Implement 5S in an Organization

It takes significant effort to implement a proper 5S program, but following the right steps will drive success and help the process go smoothly.

Getting Started with Kaizen

Getting Started with Kaizen

Proper training is key for getting started with Kaizen and on the road to continuous improvement.

Floor Marking Ideas for Warehouses

Floor Marking Ideas for Warehouses

Warehouse floors provide an opportunity for visual communication. Find out what floor signs, tapes, and shapes you can use.

Genchi Genbutsu

Genchi Genbutsu

Genchi genbutsu, a Japanese term meaning “go and see,” can change how managers and company leaders interact with the workplace.

Types of Floor Marking

Types of Floor Marking

Many options exist for marking floors. Learn about floor tapes, virtual floors signs, and more.

Lean Supplies

Lean Supplies

Learn what supplies and tools you can use to make Lean manufacturing efforts successful.

Gemba

Gemba

This Japanese word for "the real place" can change the way managers approach employees and their work.

Kanban

Kanban

A kanban system uses visual cues to trigger actions. Find out how it can regulate production.

5S Study and Research

5S Study and Research

One of the most comprehensive pages you will find on 5S.

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.


Facility Efficiency Blog Posts

Facility Efficiency Infographics

5S is the Foundation of any Lean Program

5S is the Foundation of any Lean Program

Text From Infographic 5S is the Foundation of any Lean Program WHAT IS 5S? The 5S methodology is a systematic approach to workplace… 

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… 

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… 

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… 

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… 

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… 

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.”… 

Facility Efficiency Podcasts

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… 

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… 

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,… 

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… 

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,… 

Workplace hazards are sometimes hidden in plain sight. Workers and managers need to be aware of 10 dangerous hotspots in facilities. Fall protection is needed on ledges, stairs and places people… 

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… 

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… 

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… 

This is the story of tragedy that could have been avoided with better safety housekeeping. Here, we detail a fatal accident at a sugar refinery in Wyoming, and review of… 

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… 

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