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LIT: Lean Implementation Team

I have spent the last year and a half as a founding member of the Morey Lean Implementation Team, or LIT. The charter for this team was to gather a group of mid-level key performers from multiple disciplines, educate them … Continue reading

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Seeing the Waste — In Your Face (Part 2)

Last time I mentioned “Waiting” as the key non-value added waste in most office environments.   If waiting drives you crazy, try thinking about how many people your process has to go through.  It’s amazing, really.  Pick anything from your company … Continue reading

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What’s In It For Me? Top 5 Benefits of Lean

As we move on our lean journey, I find myself often putting myself in the customer’s shoes, asking, “If I were the customer, what’s in it for me?” Truly, our lean journey is to make us a better supplier to … Continue reading

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Lean Into It

Our first foray into Lean was to organize through implementation of 5S (Sort, Simplify, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain). While it was initially tricky to get everyone used to the idea that a 5S’d area is a happy area, people started … Continue reading

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Walks, Singles and Doubles

Over the past months, we’ve experienced a strange lesson learned and a word of caution to pass on. We spent a lot of time working towards a high performance culture of continuous improvement. As part of this, we launched improvements … Continue reading

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Value Streams

Earlier this year, we decided to divide up our company into “value streams.” A quick explanation of a value stream is to say “business unit.” Essentially, a separate line or section of the business that operates independently of other portions … Continue reading

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Office Andons (‘We’ve Always Done It This Way …’)

Previously, I talked about the role of the andon as a function of “Quality at the source.” We use andons on our manufacturing lines to alert the company to any problems, essentially raising a signal and stopping the production lines. … Continue reading

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Seeing the Waste – In Your Face

One of the coolest things of this Lean journey is the ability to better discern waste in everyday processes.  Everyone wants to eliminate waste in manufacturing.  It’s the easiest place to do it.  That’s where everything is visible and tangible.  … Continue reading

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Factory Simulation

We’ve just started to have training exercises with members of our different departments to simulate a lean facility versus a traditional manufacturing facility.  The results have not only been eye-opening, but have really helped people understand the benefit of moving … Continue reading

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