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Barriers that Lead to 5S Failure in Manufacturing

Article Summary 5S is a lean tool that is utilized to reduce waste and maximize efficiency.  5S implementation can be beneficial to an organization in terms of improved quality, reduced costs, standardizing work processes and financial gains.  Manufacturing has been linked as the origination of 5S.  5S developed in Japan... Read More

Succeeding with Work Method Standardisation: Using the Power of TWI Job Instruction

Training Within Industry Training Within Industry – TWI – is often referred to as the forerunner of contemporary lean thinking and while developed in the US over 70 years ago to support the World War Two war effort, it is still practised by Toyota. In recent years there has been... Read More

Case Study: Applying Lean Thinking in Clinical Pathology

Applying Lean Thinking in Clinical Pathology – Application in Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics at NHS Blood and Transplant Background Since 2008, the UK’s NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) has been successful in using lean tools to become a more effective and efficient service and from 2013 the approach has been used... Read More

The Challenges of Implementing Total Productive Maintenance

Introduction Total productive maintenance (TPM) is a lean maintenance methodology that looks to maximise the utilization of your available resources such as machines, processes, and procedures as well as your employees, to improve production and ensure product quality. As we already mentioned, it is a complex method that can be divided... Read More

Let’s Ban the Eighth Waste

From the Seven Wastes to the Multiple Wastes of Lean Thinking. The Original Wastes Taiichi Ohno famously identified the Seven Wastes of the Toyota Production System that have become part of the bedrock of lean knowledge and fundamental to lean improvement initiatives. Acronyms such as TIMWOOD regularly appear in handbooks and... Read More

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