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What Are the Lean Six Sigma Tools?

Lean Six Sigma Lean Six Sigma is a management approach for problem solving and process improvement by combining various tools of Six Sigma as well as Lean Manufacturing. It mainly involves procedures and methods of Six Sigma as the pillar of the system like DMAIC.  Its objective is to propel focused improvements in production [...]

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How to Calculate Cp and Cpk Values and When to Use Them

What is Cp and Cpk Basically, for a process Cp and Cpk are taken as short-term prospective capability measures. In Six Sigma it is desired to define quality of the processes in terms of sigma. The rationale behind this is that it offers a stress-free manner to state the capability of different processes for [...]

By |April 8th, 2019|Lean Articles|Comments Off on How to Calculate Cp and Cpk Values and When to Use Them

What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Process Mapping?

Process Mapping Basically, a process map can be defined as a planning and management tool which visually explains the work flow. It summarizes the job duties executed to finish a particular task at the place of work. It can be utilized to provide a clear framework for production processes, business structures and management responsibilities. [...]

By |March 25th, 2019|Lean Articles|Comments Off on What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Process Mapping?

How to Create a Gemba Walk Checklist

Continual improvement comes from when a process is being reviewed on a regular basis to improve its efficiency and the quality of the output. There are certain things that get updated or changed to achieve a continual improvement over time. It is through review of processes where they are checked to see if there [...]

By |March 11th, 2019|Lean Articles|Comments Off on How to Create a Gemba Walk Checklist

The Importance of Maintenance Repair and Overhaul

In a business organization, time is a source of economic resource that cannot be stopped by a technical mess. For this reason, carrying out appropriate maintenance and overhaul of all machinery is important. Within the industrial field, the maintenance repair and overhaul refer to the set of tasks aimed at monitoring the proper functioning [...]

By |January 28th, 2019|Lean Articles|Comments Off on The Importance of Maintenance Repair and Overhaul

Hoshin Kanri Tools and How They Are Used

Hoshin can be well-defined as ‘the direction of a needle’ more like a compass while Kanri can be defined as ‘controlled reasoning or controlled logic’. In short words, Hoshin means ‘direction’ while Kanri means ‘administration’ and when used together, they ask the question “How can we make sure to go in the right path?” [...]

By |December 31st, 2018|Lean Articles|Comments Off on Hoshin Kanri Tools and How They Are Used

What Are the Gemba Walk Questions to Ask

Definition of Gemba Walk The Japanese word ‘Gemba’ means ‘a place of activity’. One of the lean principles, the Genchi Genbutsu states that in order to really comprehend your processes you need to see the processes on Gemba. The goal of the Gemba walk questions are to motivate the management of every organization to [...]

By |December 10th, 2018|Lean Articles|Comments Off on What Are the Gemba Walk Questions to Ask

What Is the Difference Between Control Limits and Specification Limits

Control limits are indicators of the disparity in the performance of an operation. This is the real time value on which the process is operating. Specification limits on the other hand are the targets or goals set for the products or the process by the market performance, as an internal target, or even by [...]

By |December 3rd, 2018|Lean Articles|Comments Off on What Is the Difference Between Control Limits and Specification Limits

What Is the Andon Light Colour Meanings

The Japanese term Andon means signal light or paper lantern. In Lean management, Andon is used as a visual management method to quickly alert anyone to the status of an operation. Andon is a important lean tool as it is useful in the smooth running of operations. Andon can also be referred to a signalling [...]

By |November 19th, 2018|Lean Articles|Comments Off on What Is the Andon Light Colour Meanings

Heijunka Board Examples Used in Manufacturing

Heijunka (pronounced Hi-JUNE-kuh) is a Japanese word that signifies "leveling." When executed accurately, heijunka efficiently and without flurry enables business to take care of demand while decreasing waste and interpersonal procedures. As per numerous Lean experts, heijunka is better accomplished as a later-stage implementation in Lean organizations, long after streams have been recognized and [...]

By |October 29th, 2018|Lean Articles|Comments Off on Heijunka Board Examples Used in Manufacturing