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Lean Principles and Tools

Posted by Gregg Profozich

Welcome to the second installment of our series on Lean and Six Sigma. As we saw in the first post, Lean and Six Sigma are complimentary continuous improvement methodologies that reduce the overall waste and variability in production processes respectively. While these two methodologies use different approaches and tools to drive improvements in productivity and profitability, they have in common that they can be employed to improve every facet of your business. 

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Lean Manufacturing Tools

What Are Lean & Six Sigma Methodologies?

Posted by Gregg Profozich

CMTC is publishing a series of blogs on Lean and Six Sigma over the coming weeks. Today’s publication, "What Are Lean & Six Sigma Methodologies?" is the first of three installments.  Future installments will cover "Lean Principles and Tools" and "Six Sigma Principles and Tools."   

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Lean Manufacturing Tools

5 Necessary Lean Manufacturing Tools

Posted by Steven Brand

Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that history is often made within our lifetime. Lean manufacturing is a movement established by Toyota Production Systems and is centered on clarifying what brings value by reducing waste. Lean is centered around increasing customer value and implementing key processes in order to continuously drive satisfaction and reduce waste simultaneously.

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Lean Manufacturing Tools

Is Your Manufacturing Plant Ready for Supercharged Growth?

Posted by Steven Brand

As the U.S. and the global economy bounces back, manufacturing continues to be on the rise. Therefore, companies are looking to open new facilities, domestically and internationally, and expand their existing operations to drive future revenue.

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Advanced Manufacturing, Business Management

6 Ways to Reduce Labor Costs in Manufacturing

Posted by Steven Brand

Labor costs are likely the largest line item on your company balance sheet. Therefore, a successful cost reduction strategy must adequately balance resourcing and cost controls.

While laying off part of the workforce may seem like the quickest and easiest solution to reducing labor costs in manufacturing, it may not be the best way to resolve the issue. The cost of finding and training new employees is extremely high—so it makes more financial sense to hold on to your employees and keep them happy.

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing

5 Steps Manufacturers Can Take to Improve the Efficiency of Their Workforce

Posted by Steven Brand

According to the most recent report from the Institute for Supply Management, the manufacturing sector is doing quite well, along with the general U.S. economy.

The industry’s health indicator, the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), rose to a healthy 54.7 percent in December – an increase of 1.5 percent in November. More importantly, for the 91st consecutive month, the overall economy grew, according to the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Lean Manufacturing

How to Effectively Identify Waste Factors in Your Manufacturing Process

Posted by Steven Brand

Today’s manufacturing industry is helmed by a prevalent principle: reduce waste.

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing

Is Overproduction Driving Your Labor Costs Out of Control?

Posted by Steven Brand

In today’s manufacturing environment, we know that getting the product to the customer in a timely manner while keeping the cost of production and delivery as inexpensive as possible is one of the top goals.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Lean Manufacturing

What Does It Take To Sustain A Successful Six Sigma Program?

Posted by Steven Brand

The implementation of a Six Sigma program in your manufacturing company can be the game-changer in your business. But what does it cost to make it a sustainable success?

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Quality

5 Necessary Lean Manufacturing Tools [Infographic]

Posted by Steven Brand

Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that history is often made within our lifetime. Lean manufacturing is a movement established by Toyota Production Systems and is centered on clarifying what brings value by reducing everything else. The company, which transformed from a modest enterprise to the world’s largest automotive manufacturer, forced business leaders to wonder about the secret of Toyota’s success.

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing

The Manufacturer's Guide to Reducing Production Waste

Posted by Marjorie Dunn

Every year, U.S companies generate over 7 billion tons of solid industrial waste. In light of rising disposal costs, regulatory pressures, and changing consumer preferences, companies in the manufacturing industry have begun seeking new ways of reducing production wastes. Luckily, there are numerous tools and methods available to assist manufacturers in these efforts. These include:

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Continuous Improvement