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Cluster Analysis: K-Means and Hierarchical

Cluster analysis is an extremely important set of techniques to determine groups with similar characteristics. Often cluster analysis is used to determine similar groups for marketing products. This is called market segmentation. In this excellent video, Luis Serrano, Quantum Artificial Intelligence Research Scientist, introduces the two of the most common methods for splitting data into [...]

Top 10 Mistakes in Data Management

With today’s myriad ways for generating huge amounts of data, organizations need more than ever to have a data management plan. Jared Hillam, VP of Emerging Technologies at INTRICITY, discusses the top ten mistakes made in data management. Here is his list. Flaky Data Management Plan No strategy in place for managing data Tools Used [...]

Takt Time, Cycle Time, and Lead Time: How to Use Them to Improve Processes

What does it take to meet your customers’ demand? How do the measures of Takt Time, Cycle Time, and Lead Time help us in meeting that demand? How can we use them to improve our processes? In this excellent video, Karl Petersen defines Takt Time, Cycle Time, and Lead Time, discusses how they are related [...]

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Meat Processing in the Time of Coronavirus – Critical Need for Masks

While many meat processing plants are highly automated, many workers must process meat in close quarters. See the beef processing video from Amazing Tube. Of course, this places workers at extreme risk for catching and spreading the coronavirus.  They must be supplied with masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) as additional priorities to those [...]

The 1918 Flu Pandemic – What Do We Know?

On November 30, 2018, Cambridge University shared what they knew about the 1918 Flu Pandemic and what they have learned from it 100 years later. Now, scientists estimate that 50 – 100 million people died around the world. They died for two basic reasons: either from the initial flu infection or from the body’s strong [...]

Virtual Reality Training Comes of Age – Are You Using It?

Virtual Reality (VR) is not just for video games. This excellent video from Digital Engineering and Magic, provider of VR training for the Electrical Power Industry, shows you an example of what it is actually like in safety training for OSHA Standards. You can view the video here. In a recent article by Gary Forger [...]

Managing Product Returns

As we transition to more online shopping and more online orders without buyers to touch and feel, a product increases the likelihood of returns. Just how should returns be processed? What does your organization do?  In a short video, Wayne Belisle, Founder & Pres. of Wayne J Belisle, CPA LLC, gives a few tips on [...]

5S in a Large ICU Hospital Supply Room

In a high-speed time-lapse video, watch how nurses implement 5S in an ICU supply room to improve their workspace. 5S is a core tool used in the Lean methodology for business improvement. As indicated in the above picture, it consists of 5 steps: Sort Set in Order Shine Standardize Sustain Let’s explore each of these [...]

Lean Six Sigma and Performance Measurement at Wisconsin DOT

We often think of state Departments of Transportation as inefficient, especially the Division of Motor Vehicles. However, Wisconsin DOT developed a strong performance measurement and continuous improvement program in 2013. Wisconsin DOT uses their MAPSS Program to measure how they are doing and have implemented Lean Six Sigma to drive improvement where needed. These core [...]