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Lean Six Sigma Is Everywhere

Lean Six Sigma Is Everywhere

Do you ever walk into a store and know at a glance where to find what you need? Do you notice that seemingly long lines can often move really quickly? Do you find yourself wondering why things don't go horribly wrong more often? Lean Six Sigma is at work! Mistake-proofing,…

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Philip Crosby: Grand-Daddy Of Quality

Philip Crosby: Grand-Daddy of Quality

Who said “Quality is free - but it’s not a gift"? Who was the first non-doctor to create a vaccine? Who maintained that zero defects was the job of management as much as the front line. Philip Crosby! He said it was less expensive to do it right the first…

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Expert Excerpts: Mike Osterling On Lean In Manufacturing

Expert Excerpts: Mike Osterling on Lean in Manufacturing

Are you in Manufacturing? Whether you’re just starting your Lean journey or you’re in the middle of improving a process, guidance from Experts can help make your efforts easier – and more successful! In this short interview, we interview Lean Expert, Mike Osterling, who shares key insights to being successful…

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UTC Aerostructures Jets Through Production Time

UTC Aerostructures Jets Through Production Time

At UTC Aerostructures, a manufacturer of nacelle components for jet engines, everyone has a one-track mind towards continuous improvement. Every employee uses very detailed standard work to eliminate waste and speed up cycle time. Takt time clocks are utilized throughout the facility, breaking down an 8-hour workday (or 25,200 seconds)…

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Bahama Bistro Bitstrip: Are People A Waste?

Bahama Bistro Bitstrip: Are People a Waste?

Busboy: “Does 'Lean' stand for 'Less Employees Are Needed'?” Host: “No, it's about getting rid of waste.” Busboy: “Am I a waste?” Host: “No, you're not! But often employees' time is wasted on wasteful activities.” Busboy: “So you totally like me!” Host: “Sigh... Let's just say... You're not a waste.”…

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