Author Archives: Anthony Manos

The fine line of effective 5S in lean manufacturing

Management should be neither insufficient nor excessive in a fabrication shop From The Fabricator magazine Why do shops work through the first four S’s but then fail on the fifth? Why can’t 5S be sustained? To uncover one perspective, The FABRICATOR spoke with Tony Manos, founder of 5S Supply, Flossmoor, Ill., whose business focuses on the 5S process, […]

Top 5 Reasons to Attend AME Chicago 2019

AME Conference Chicago 2019

The passionate volunteers have been hard at work planning AME Chicago 2019 and have put together an amazing schedule of continuous improvement learning activities. With this in mind, here are the Top 5 Reasons to Attend AME Chicago 2019: Networking. AME Chicago 2019 is the world’s largest lean conference. You’ll meet others who are passionate […]

Using Color-coding to Control Production in an Office or Factory

Examples of Color-coding for Production

To ensure your operation is not over-producing or wasting time searching for the next job, use a simple color-coding technique to eliminate this problem. Physically mark off the area where completed work goes. It can be as simple as applying 5S Floor Marking Symbol “Corners”. Basic Color-coding Although there are no specific industry color-code standards […]

Why Checklists are Important

Why use checklists? An experience factory mechanic was performing routine maintenance on a machine when he was called away to handle a breakdown emergency in another area. When he got back, he completed his work on the machine (or so he thought so) and had the operator start it back up. CRASH! The machine went […]

How to Get Management’s Support for 5S

The Very Best of 5S Report

An excerpt from our 5S Benchmarking Report “The Very Best of 5S” The respondents of our 5S survey were very generous with their suggestions on how to get managements support. Here is a sampling of the ideas: Get them to do audits TRY to get them to come to lean presentation and/or opening closing sessions […]

How to Use the Equipment Inspection Checklist

Equipment Inspection Checklist - Tag- 5S Supply

How to Use the Equipment Inspection Checklist from 5S Supply This equipment inspection checklist will help you maintain your equipment in tip-top shape. Whether it is part of your Total Productive Maintenance System (TPM), safety inspections, 5S Audits, or productivity improvements – this checklist is for you. How to Complete the Equipment Inspection Checklist Basic […]

Total Productive Maintenance – Recorded Webinar

Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) In Action Would you like to see how a company applied Total Productive Maintenance principles to turn around a manufacturing cell is just four days? Follow Modern Forge and their team as they find the root cause of breakdowns and make over 50 improvements to the equipment during this kaizen event. […]

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