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Lean Now: Time to Improve

Robert Simonis


I asked the kaizen team, “Who is responsible for continuous improvement?” They quickly responded, “Everybody!” I then asked, “When do you do continuous improvement?” I was met with silence. It is great that everyone is invested in the idea of continuous improvement, or Lean, or Operational Excellence, or whatever you call it, but when does it get done? . Full Article

Lean for All Seasons

Senior Editor Michael C. Anderson


These are interesting times for lean. On the one hand there are few businesses that have anything to do with manufacturing that don’t have some knowledge of, and don’t pay some lip-service to, the practices that came out of the Toyota production system (TPS). On the other hand, there are companies that have made a good-faith effort to change to a lean culture, only to find themselves unable to sustain the effort. Full Article

How to Run a Factory: Timeless Advice from the Late Jim Harbour

Jim Harbour


Editor’s note: Early lean advocate Jim Harbour, whose Harbour Report prodded the US automotive industry into improving the way it designed and made cars, passed away on September 6th. In his memory we offer the following excerpt from his book, Factory Man, which SME was proud to publish in 2009. Full Article

Easing the Sting for Patients Waiting in Line

Alzatex, Inc.


Every administrator, office manager, doctor, nurse, lab technician, scheduler, clinic director or admissions clerk  knows that keeping patients waiting in long, slow-moving lines is a recipe for poor service. Not only can long waits cause patients to become extremely upset and agitated, but it can also result in lost opportunities in the form of walk-outs and poor patient reviews. Full Article

Ubisense Survey Finds 40% of Manufacturers Have No Visibility into the Real-Time Status of their Process

Press Release - Ubisense


Ubisense, a global leader in location intelligence solutions, today revealed the results of its 2014 Smart Manufacturing Technologies Survey which secured responses from 252 manufacturing engineers, product designers and quality management professionals. The survey revealed that lack of visibility into manufacturing processes is the most prevalent issue plaguing manufacturers today. Full Article

Quality Scan: Using Metrology for a Competitive Advantage

Jeff Freeman


Manufacturing is one of the most challenging industries in the world of business. Foremost, it is highly competitive and attention to detail is crucial. Secondly, structural costs and regulatory compliance increase costs of doing business, leaving manufacturing companies continually looking for opportunities to reduce costs, improve productivity and increase profitability. Full Article

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