Lean in the Warehouse

Warehouses are everywhere. How are some companies using Lean in their warehouses? We will look at four: INFILCO Ryder United Electric Supply Regal Plastics And finish with a 3 minute virtual tour of a Lean warehouse.  INFILCO INFILCO Degremont’s 3W Warehouse applied Lean management principles using A3 Problem-solving, 5S, and visual controls. Their improvement project [...]

6S: 5S+1 = 5S Plus Safety

We are quite familiar with Lean’s 5s. How can we use them to improve safety? Enter the 5s + 1 or 6s approach. We learn how from Gary Beaudette, Lean Consultant and owner – Baudette Consulting, Inc. 5s can improve safety, quality, and productivity. In particular, 5s can have a tremendous positive impact on safety. [...]

Lean and Mass Balance – Making Guitars

Maton Guitars in Australia manufactures handcrafted high quality guitars. Learn how they use mass balance to lean their guitar-making processes. In this video from Sustainability Victoria Government, Ian Young, Sustainability and Business Excellence Manager at Maton Guitars, discusses the use of mass balance to optimize the use of all the resources focusing on the materials [...]

The 8th Waste of Lean – Underutilized Skills and Talent

Most of us are familiar with the seven wastes in Lean. But often we hear of an additional eighth waste – Underutilized Skills and Talent. What contributes to it, and how can we improve? To address this, we will hear from two Lean experts and then the authors of a recent research article. First, in [...]

Game Simulators Online – 2020

Having access to an online game simulator is quite useful in teaching various aspects of statistics. We will look at three in order of complexity: a basic projectile simulator, a catapult  and the trebuchet. While using an online simulator loses the hands-on aspect and the associated errors, it relieves us of having to have the [...]

Control Chart Assumptions

What assumptions must be met to use a standard control chart? What should you do if one or more are not satisfied? We will focus on the Individual’s Control Chart. Three requirements must be met. Independence Normality Subgroup size (n = 1) Independence Independence occurs when the position of one data point does not influence [...]

The Yamazumi Chart – Line Balance and Task Value-Add

Use a Yamazumi Chart to highlight the three broad types of process deficiencies to improve in Lean: Muda (Waste), Mura (Unevenness), and Muri (Overburden). Yamazumi is a Japanese word translated as huge mound, heap, or pile. A Yamazumi chart is simply a stacked bar graph. But by plotting process cycle time by process steps and [...]

Data Transformations: Box-Cox

Data transformations are useful and necessary in some statistical applications. We will discuss one of the most famous ones, the Box-Cox transformation.  We will use two of the most often used software programs for Six Sigma analysis: SigmaXL and Minitab to implement the Box-Cox Transformation. First, let’s briefly remind you of why a transformation is [...]

Six Sigma and Wine-Making

Learn how Six Sigma is used in the wine-making business. At the Six Sigma Ranch, Kaj Ahlmann, former Exective Vice President and director of GE Capital Services, owner of Six Sigma Ranch, and currently Managing Director and Chairman of the Global Advisory Council for insurance at Deutsche Bank, uses Six Sigma principles to produce great [...]

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