• Painting by numbers

    I was asked by a client to have a look at their production process.  The main problem seemed to be that the paint shop was a bottleneck and at busy times they struggled to get the throughput they needed. The current state process map was interesting: The paint system had a 12 hour curing time […]
  • 5S is not about tidying stuff up

    Anyone who has been through a 5S session will I am sure remember the buzz when you pulled out that old broken fan from under your desk and finally binned it. Perhaps you got the chance to clean the top of your machine and actually make it a nice place to be for a change. These are […]
  • Long Train Running

    Or, how to do a pull system in a small batch, high variety environment. I’ve been working late, but before I go home I nip down to the shop floor for a quick look.  As I walk into the machine shop I come across Tim, the QA manager, standing to one side with a vacant […]
  • From Data to Wisdom

    I had a discussion recently with a client about what measures would be important for his factory. New ERP systems are now very good at creating ‘dashboards’ of current measures and can often overwhelm the manager with data but is it information – or knowledge? During this discussion I was reminded of the DIKW pyramid. […]
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