Gemba: The Key To Lean Manufacturing And Continuous Improvement

Overview of Gemba In the world of manufacturing, the quest for efficiency and optimization is an ongoing journey. One secret weapon in this pursuit that has been gaining momentum globally is Gemba, a vital principle of Lean Manufacturing. This Japanese term, literally translating to ‘actual place’, serves as an integral catalyst for continuous improvement in

The History of Kanban

history of kanban

The world-renowned carmaker Toyota began studying supermarkets in the 1940s. Supermarkets have a unique in-store system that uses in-store stocking techniques. Their system always provides for adequate amounts of products on the shelves without having to store excess amounts because customers know they can always return to the store for more. Toyota believed that this

Continuous Improvement In Manufacturing

Tony Ferraro, Continuous Improvement Blogger, Creative Safety Publishing. Details: Hear how to improve a process, increase safety and save money from Tony Ferraro. But, Tony says to make sure your customers are happy with the end product. Tony is a continuous improvement blogger for Creative Safety Supply. He’s experienced in 5S, Six Sigma, kaizen and

Respect For People And A3

Bill Greider of P4 Lean Strategy Consulting Details: Lean thinker Bill Greider coaches companies on using “A3” teams to do bite-sized improvements all around a company. With A3, businesses can fix near-misses, production inefficiencies and even customer complaints. A3 employs “respect for people” from the Toyota Production System. Scroll to the end of the transcript

Lean IT and Business

Steve Bell – Lean IT and Business Details: Lean IT expert Steve Bell helps solve the long-standing battle between a company’s goal of Continuous Improvement and IT’s perceived lack of agility. It’s a constant friction between managemeet wanting computer/network changes now, and IT wanting to slow the pace and do it right. Hear about Kaizen,

Lean Success Stories

Matt Wrye says double-down on safety and efficiency with 5S and Lean Details: Matt Wrye is a Lean implementer, with a passion for continuous learning on all subjects related to business and Lean. He is writer and publisher of the Lean blog BeyondLean.WordPress.com. Matt has worked in multiple business positions, including HR, finance, engineering and

Starting Continuous Improvement

Jeff Hajek of Velaction on creating a continuous improvement culture Details: Jeff Hajek of Velaction talks about creating a continuous improvement culture, and what kind of structure a company needs to support it, in this podcast hosted by Antonio Ferraro. Mr. Hajek is the author of “Whaddaya Mean I Gotta Be Lean?” and “The Continuous

Kaizen Events That Rock

Mark Hamel On How To Implement Successful Kaizen Events Details: Mark Hamel is a Lean/Six Sigma implementation consultant and award-winning author of the Kaizen Event Fieldbook. Mark also created and writes the Lean blog “Gemba Tales.” The always-busy author is also the cofounder of another blog, “Lean Math.” Mark writes columns for Quality Digest as

The Virtual Suggestion Box

Rich Kneece of Vocoli on workplace communication and engagement among employees Details: 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 hope of future use. In this podcast, Rich Kneece of The Massachusetts Technology

Why Workers Resist Lean Culture

Karen Wilhelm – Lean Reflections Details: Karen discusses a study on human behavior by a group of anthropologists led by Dr. Margaret Mead, and how the years-ago study can be applied to Lean methodology in the workplace. Karen also details the transition to Lean by an old industrial business in Detroit, DTE Energy. Karen specializes