Lean manufacturing is more than a collection strategies, it’s a way of thinking. By implementing systems like Kaizen, 5S, Gemba, and more, you can create a more efficient and productive workplace. All of our Lean resources have been gathered here to get you started on the Lean path.

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Safety Committee

Safety Committee

Implementing a safety committee can help improve the overall safety of your company. Discussing safety concerns and resolving them will keep your employees safe.

Lean Manufacturing, Lean, Workplace Safety, Safety, Six Sigma

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, 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

Six Sigma Black Belt

Six Sigma Black Belt

For people wanting to master the six sigma methodologies, earning six sigma belts is the best way to master the principles associated with Six Sigma.

Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma

Six Sigma Green Belt

Six Sigma Green Belt

Earning a Six Sigma green belt is the first step toward mastering Six Sigma methodologies. Learn how to get started here.

Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma

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

What Is a Kaizen Event?

What Is a Kaizen Event?

Learn how to implement a kaizen event and improve your lean manufacturing strategy.

Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen

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

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.

Lean Manufacturing, Floor Marking, Forklift Safety, Safety

Floor Marking For 5S

Floor Marking For 5S

Inexpensive yet endlessly practical floor markings can drastically simplify your 5S efforts, while saving you time and money. Learn more in our latest article.

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Floor Marking, Forklift Safety, Safety

Asset Tags

Asset Tags

A simple yet powerful organization tool, asset tags reduce theft, enhance inventory management efforts, and make it easier for employees to find exactly what they need exactly when they need it.

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, Labeling

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

Floor Marking for Fire Extinguishers

Floor Marking for Fire Extinguishers

Use floor markings to make sure you can find the fire extinguisher and that it is not blocked in an emergency.

Lean Manufacturing, Floor Marking, Forklift Safety, Fire Safety, Safety

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

Creating a Visual Workplace

Creating a Visual Workplace

Creating a visual workplace can help improve efficiency and reduce workplace injuries. Check out these tips for creating a visual workplace.

Lean Manufacturing, Labeling, Workplace Safety, Hazcom, Safety

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

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

Understanding Cross Docking

Understanding Cross Docking

Cross docking is a logistical strategy where products and materials are unloaded from one inbound sourceand then immediately moved onto outbound transportation with as little storage time as possible.

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen

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

Batch Production

Batch Production

Batch production involves the facility completing specific tasks all together, in batches, rather than completing a full process on its own, to help improve efficiency and reduce wasted time.

Lean Manufacturing

FOCUS-PDCA

FOCUS-PDCA

FOCUS-PDCA is a business strategy designed to help improve processes. It is an acronym for the steps and actions that need to take place during the process improvement period.

Lean Manufacturing

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.

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Lean

5 Lean Manufacturing Tools that Work

5 Lean Manufacturing Tools that Work

These five lean manufacturing tools are essential for making your lean journey a success.

Lean Manufacturing, Lean, Floor Marking, PPE, Workplace Safety, Safety

Getting Started with Kaizen

Getting Started with Kaizen

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

Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen

Genchi Genbutsu

Genchi Genbutsu

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

Lean Manufacturing

Chaku Chaku

Chaku Chaku

This Lean concept can improve the way manufacturing cells function by organizing space in specific ways.

Lean Manufacturing, Lean

Understanding Hoshin Kanri

Understanding Hoshin Kanri

This Lean term for “policy deployment” can help keep everyone in an organization on the same page.

Lean Manufacturing

Lean Supplies

Lean Supplies

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

5S, Lean Manufacturing

Six Sigma

Six Sigma

Learn the essential elements of Six Sigma and the levels of certification.

Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma

Gemba

Gemba

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

Lean Manufacturing, Gemba

Kanban

Kanban

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

Lean Manufacturing, Kanban

Lean Manufacturing

Lean Manufacturing

This business model seeks to eliminate waste and increase value in work processes.

Lean Manufacturing

5S Study and Research

5S Study and Research

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

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Lean

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

What is Kaizen?

What is Kaizen?

The concept of Kaizen will help any organization through continuous improvement.

Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen

Lean Manufacturing Infographics

Stop Buying Labels from a Catalog

Stop Buying Labels from a Catalog

Put down that label catalog. There’s a better way to get workplace labels. Find out why ordering individual labels for safety, compliance, and organization isn’t the best option and why printing

Lean Manufacturing, Floor Marking, Safety Signs, Labeling, Workplace Safety, Hazcom, Safety

Tool Organization with Foam Kits

Tool Organization with Foam Kits

Use tool foam kits to keep tools organized Foam tool kits can help you organize tools in your workspace by creating shadow boards that keep tools in place and highlight when

Lean Manufacturing, Tool Organization, Facility Efficiency

Gemba: A Powerful Piece of your Lean Toolbox

Gemba: A Powerful Piece of your Lean Toolbox

What is Gemba? Gemba is a Japanese word that means “the real place.” In a Lean workplace, this means the place where work is done—where value is added to your products

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

The Importance of Industrial Label Printers

The Importance of Industrial Label Printers

Visual communication promotes safety & efficiency Industrial label printers serve many functions in the workplace. Businesses use them to print safety labels, organizational labels for 5S or Lean, barcodes, inventory labels,

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

Poka Yoke: What's it all about?

Poka Yoke: What's it all about?

Examples of Poka Yoke in every day life. Poka Yoke is a simple concept that is often used in manufacturing. It means “mistake-proofing.” This infographic uses examples from every day life

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Lean Manufacturing Podcasts

Continuous Improvement In Manufacturing

Continuous Improvement In Manufacturing

Continuous improvement can make a process better, improve safety and save dollars. But it's a waste of time if the customer doesn't like the end result. How will the customer benefit?

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen

Respect For People And A3

Respect For People And A3

Respect For People is a crucial part of lean and A3. Lean guru Bill Greider tells how A3 teams can implement continuous improvement in an organization. Bill heads P4 Lean Strategy

Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, Gemba

Lean IT and Business

Lean IT and Business

Lean IT expert Steve Bell helps solve the long-standing battle between a company’s goal of Continuous Improvement and the perceived lack of IT's agility. It’s a constant friction between the

Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, Kanban

Starting Continuous Improvement

Starting Continuous Improvement

Continuous improvement is best started with management on board. Expert in the field, Jeff Hajek, describes the structure a company needs to support it. Jeff tells of creating a continuous improvement

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

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

The Virtual Suggestion Box

The Virtual Suggestion Box

The old suggestion box used to be a fair way for employees to offer ideas at their organization. However, over the years, it's become a rusty, forgotten box with little

Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, Safety

Kaizen Events That Rock

Kaizen Events That Rock

Kaizen events that rock—time to increase efficiency in your organization! Lean/Six Sigma expert Mark Hamel tells of how to implement a Kaizen event. Mark is the award-winning author of the Kaizen

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, Kanban, Gemba

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 Lean Six Sigma, Pt. 2

Starting Lean Six Sigma, Pt. 2

Starting Lean Six Sigma, Pt. 2 continues with Six Sigma Black Belt Chuck Hardy. Chuck tells of the value of a mentor. He offers advice on books to help anyone

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma

Starting Lean Six Sigma, Pt. 1

Starting Lean Six Sigma, Pt. 1

Starting Lean Six Sigma with an expert. Chuck Hardy is a Black Belt in Six Sigma. Chuck tells of lean as a cultural thing. Brandon Nys and Kyle Holland interview Chuck

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, Six Sigma

Lean Methodology In Healthcare

Lean Methodology In Healthcare

Lean Methodology In Healthcare — hear Mark Graban on 5S, Six Sigma, and “lean Sigma” in the medical world. Mark Graban is the CIO of KaiNexus, a technology and software company

5S, Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen

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

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