Category Archives: Lean

Hoshin Kanri Tools: X-matrix Deep Dive

Free Hoshin Webinar

Free Webinar on Hoshin Kanri X-matrix Originally held January 20, 2021 Q. Would you like to take you strategic planning to the next level? Q. Is your strategic plan stuck in projects and budgets mode? Q. Would you really like to find what moves your organization past the competition? A. Then Hoshin Kanri is the […]

Clean Practice for Reducing COVID-19 Transmission Vectors

Originally held August 7, 2020 Recorded version below This webinar walks participants through the basics of implementing Clean Practice™, which uses Lean techniques but instead of addressing inefficiencies, it teaches a participatory system for identifying and reducing COVID-19 transmission vectors. Successful implementations result in significant improvements to team member safety and morale. You will learn […]

How to Deal With Lean During Uncertain Times

Video Replay This webinar was originally held on Monday, August 17, 2020. Many people’s understanding of “lean” has been limited to its use in optimizing the efficiency of existing manufacturing processes. With this narrow definition, it is hard to see how lean is relevant when so many lives have been completely upended by the global […]

The fine line of effective 5S in lean manufacturing

The fine line of effective 5s in lean manufacturing blog image. Close up image of a piece of machinery.

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 […]

The Hidden Step in Hoshin Kanri – My Goal

Hoshin Kanri - One Goal My Goal - Blog Post

By now, many people have stopped working towards their New Year’s resolutions. But in business it is different – you still have to keep moving towards your goals. This is where a hidden step in Hoshin Kanri is revealed. Hoshin Kanri is one of the most powerful strategic planning and deployment processes there is, but […]

5S and Lean Certification at FABTECH Expo 2016

FABTECH 2016 Tag

FABTECH 2016 It was an honor and privilege to present on 5S and Lean Certification at FABTECH Expo 2016 November 18 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. I would like to thank our host and conference Technical Program Manager, Ila Lee from SME and my co-presenter on Lean Certification, Chad Vincent. The Lean track was […]

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