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Free lean manufacturing. IP: Engaged Team Performance. Engaged Team Performance (ETP) is focused on radically improving the effectiveness and efficiency of production groups: people who share responsibility for delivering some kind of product or service to some kind of customer, whether in a manufacturing or a transactional/service environment.

IP: Engaged Team Performance

ETP drives game-changing results like: Net customer satisfaction improvement: 10-40% Labor efficiency/capacity improvement: 10-50% Cycle time reduction: up to 90% Cost savings: $ millions Employees who manage their own work: Wow! The key to Engaged Team Performance lies in completely integrating processes, measures, team goals, visual work, collaborative norms, and organization to work efficiently and effectively for the customer and the business. Engaged Team Performance™ (ETP) is all about: The 8-step ETP deployment process is: “Well, you might think this is a bad thing, but I spend a half-hour every morning to make sure the metrics are posted and the team sees them.

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Simulations and Games. Tools/Ideas. Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Welcome to Lean Pathways. Lean Thinking. Lean Manufacturing Blog, Kaizen Articles and Advice. By Jon Miller | Post Date: March 21, 2011 12:45 AM | Comments: 7 A particular Japanese word has been on my mind a lot lately.

Lean Manufacturing Blog, Kaizen Articles and Advice

Yokoten means "horizontal deployment" and refers to the practice of copying good results of kaizen in one area to other areas. Yokoten applies more broadly to copying product design ideas as well as better practices in general. "Best practice sharing" comes close to the meaning of yokoten. In modern business that phrase often means e-mailing PowerPoint presentations, comparing results between divisions and debating the differences between various round fruits.

Like many Japanese words we find within the lean lexicon the phrase yokotenkai is in common use in the language, outside of the community of people who practice kaizen (as not all Japanese firms do). Kaizen must result in a standard, and yokoten means standards must be copied by others. 1. Within the PDCA cycle yokoten happens in the Act (A) stage, corresponding to step 8 above. Advice on Software from Job Shops at the Top.

Job shops across the United States are trying to figure out how to beat the competition.

Advice on Software from Job Shops at the Top

While we all know there’s no panacea for the manufacturing industry, it never hurts to take a look at how others in the industry are succeeding. Toward that end, I recently caught up with four job shops – Brenco, Aacoa, Gamma Vacuum and Forrest Machining – that are thriving in the current economy. These companies represent a diverse cross-section of the job shop industry. Their custom jobs range from fabricating aircraft parts for defense contractors to creating component parts for water ferries. So what factors are contributing to their success? Key Benefits of Job Shop Software In talking with these four manufacturers, it was immediately clear that job shop software is the critical factor in driving operational efficiencies. A Flexible Bill of Materials Fosters Custom Production – Job shop production requires software that supports a dynamic bill of materials (BOM). Rhythm wheel. Portal of best practices in Industry, Management, Quality and Supply Chain.

Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, Kanban, Just In Time Articles. The Importance of Heijunka. My friend Tom poses an interesting question to production managers: “If I ask you to produce different quantities and types of products every day, what quantity of people, materials, machines, and space do you need?”

The Importance of Heijunka

Of course the answer is usually, at best, inarticulate and, at worst, a blank stare. There isn’t any way to know. Add to this the well-established research of the “bullwhip effect” which amplifies the magnitude of these fluctuations as you move up the supply chain, and it is easy to see the suppliers are really set up to fail.

Then he asks another question: “If I ask you to produce the same quantities and types of products every day, or every hour, could you then answer the question?” And, of course, the answer is that this is a “no brainer.” So the rhetorical question to ask is: Why does Toyota place such emphasis on heijunka?” Heijunka is a process of dampening variation from the production schedule. Consider this analogy. Now smooth out the road. 5S Supply. Floor Tape : Safety Signs : Floor Marking Tape 866-777-1360. Jamie Flinchbaugh — on lean culture, transformational leadership, and entrepreneurial excellence.