Category: Waste Reduction

Save time and money with ergonomic workstations

Manufacturers can reduce costly staff injuries, product defects and returns by using modular workstations created for specific production processes. Many people find that pain flares up when they adopt certain postures for long periods such as hunching over a desk, over-reaching to retrieve heavy items or standing and turning frequently at an awkward angle. Tired … Continued

Seven Wastes – Defects

Today’s Guest Blog Author: Kris Chapman is the Vision Lean Manager at Trilogiq USA. Kris has 15 years experience in helping manufacturing facilities implement Lean Manufacturing principles. The last of the seven wastes is Defects. This is probably the most recognized waste, and an issue many of us have had to deal with and work … Continued

Solution Maturity Curve

When incorporating Lean Manufacturing principles into a facility, many want to implement a robust plan with complicated solutions immediately. Aside from budget constraints making this difficult, implementing so many changes to a line at once can often backfire. The image on the right shows a gradual progression of material handling solutions. Starting with simple improvements … Continued

Seven Wastes – Over Processing

Today’s Guest Blog Author: Kris Chapman is the Vision Lean Manager at Trilogiq USA. Kris has 15 years experience in helping manufacturing facilities implement Lean Manufacturing principles. This week we move on to over processing waste. Over processing is probably the most difficult waste to see and understand. It is defined as doing more than … Continued

Seven Wastes – Over Production

Today’s Guest Blog Author: Kris Chapman is the Vision Lean Manager at Trilogiq USA. Kris has 15 years experience in helping manufacturing facilities implement Lean Manufacturing principles. Over Production is this weeks topic. It is the most widely observed waste during a waste walk and usually the most accepted. Over production is when you produce … Continued

Seven Wastes – Waiting

Today’s Guest Blog Author: Kris Chapman is the Vision Lean Manager at Trilogiq USA. Kris has 15 years experience in helping manufacturing facilities implement Lean Manufacturing principles. A company’s lead time can be a competitive advantage in many industries, so when a process or product has to wait on something or someone a sale or … Continued

The Benefits of One Piece Flow

What is one piece flow? Fundamentally speaking, all aspects of Lean Manufacturing aspire to reduce or ultimately eliminate waste; which we understand manifests in various forms. One piece flow is typically implemented to minimize inventory and operator inactivity (wastes) between processes, allowing an assembly to be pulled through each required process efficiently. As a very … Continued

Seven Wastes – Movement

Today’s Guest Blog Author: Kris Chapman is the Vision Lean Manager at Trilogiq USA. Kris has 15 years experience in helping manufacturing facilities implement Lean Manufacturing principles. Have you ever viewed people or machinery movement as a waste? Movement waste is easier to identify and measure but difficult to resolve due to the complexity of … Continued

Seven Wastes – Inventory

Today’s Guest Blog Author: Kris Chapman is the Vision Lean Manager at Trilogiq USA. Kris has 15 years experience in helping manufacturing facilities implement Lean Manufacturing principles. Inventory is the next waste we will discuss and you are probably asking how do I identify inventory waste? Inventory waste is usually the result of a couple … Continued

Seven Wastes – Transportation

Today’s Guest Blog Author: Kris Chapman is the Vision Lean Manager at Trilogiq USA. Kris has 15 years experience in helping manufacturing facilities implement Lean Manufacturing principles. In the world of manufacturing, there are many opportunities for waste. Waste with material, people, and machines that negatively affect the company’s bottom line. The waste continues without … Continued

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