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Get Started Implementing Lean in your Job Shop

Jason Van WyheJan 8, 2019

Implementing Lean programs in job shops and made-to-order environments can be challenging.  Learn some of the key attributes unique to job shops, and how to begin down the path of continuous improvement.

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8 Wastes of Lean in a Job Shop

Jason Van WyheDec 4, 2020

Learn the 8 wastes of lean and how they are applicable to a job shop.

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The 9th waste - Meetings

Jason Van WyheDec 4, 2020

How many hours do your workers actually earn in an 8 hour shift? Find out the true cost of your meetings

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Standard Work in Job Shops

Jason Van WyheFeb 2, 2020

Standard Work can be a powerful tool in a job shops to improve the efficiency, create consistency between operators, and keep processes in control.

Theory of Constraints

Theory of Constraints

Jason Van WyheJan 18, 2019

Make more profit by increasing throughput, decreasing inventory, and reducing overhead - apply the Theory of Constraints to your job shop.

Bottlenecks Management

Bottlenecks Management

Jason Van WyheJul 5, 2019

There is only one true measure of improvement in a plant: how much more throughput is produced, while reducing inventory and expenses. And the best way to improve your throughput is by focusing on your bottlenecks and constraints.

Lead Time Constraints

Lead Time and On-Time Delivery Constraints

Jason Van WyheAug 20, 2019

Lead time constraints are unique to job shops and are created by the chaotic routings and process times present. They are often hidden from view by our product mix, and show up as late deliveries to customers.

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Lean Implemenation: Focus on Your Constraints

Jason Van WyheJul 5, 2019

Focusing on your lean implementation efforts on constraints will deliver results, while also building a lean culture through success.

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Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED) and Quick Changeover

Jason Van WyheAug 23, 2019

Single Minute Exchange of Dies should be an integral part of your shop's plan to improve efficiency and lean out your operation.

Value Stream Map

Value Stream Mapping

Jason Van WyheJul 10, 2019

Value stream mapping is a lean tool that is often ignored in most job shops because of it's severe limitations, but it can provide useful data if we use learn when and where to apply it.

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Gemba Walk Revisited

Jason Van WyheJan 7, 2019

Stop simply "going thru the motions" on your gemba walks, get buy-in from all stakeholders, and learn alternative methods of building value for your organization

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Kaizen vs Operational Excellence

Jason Van WyheAug 16, 2019

Compare and contrast Kaizen events to the Operational Excellence events.

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I don't Care How Toyota Does It

Jason Van WyheJan 9, 2019

The Toyota Production System is the best system in the world - for manufacturing Toyota cars.  Job Shops need to be innovators and create new tools to solve their unique problems.


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