“What is 5S?” Video

Here’s my most recent YouTube video, “What Is 5S?”  Yeah, it’s kind of DIY (I used a free screen cast software called “Screen-Cast-O-Matic”, which does a good job of very basic…very basic…screen cast capture, editing, and uploading to YouTube), but the basic message is good.  I’ve come across a V8 powered screencast and video editing software that should up my game so look for future videos coming to your theater soon.

While you’re there, check out my other two videos by searching on Chagrin River Consulting.  And, hey, subscribe to my YouTube Channel, why don’t ya?

Error Proofing

Error proofing

I haven’t written much about error proofing in my several years of blogging about lean manufacturing.  When I teach, I don’t go into error proofing much.  The primary reason is that error proofing is (to my way of thinking, at any rate) very specific to a particular task, activity, or process.  When I’ve looked at literature about error proofing, specific examples relevant to specific equipment or tasks are given.  I always find myself thinking, “That’s great…if one has that type of equipment or is carrying out that particular task.”

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Operations are NOT “Cost Centers”!

One of my constant refrains is “Don’t implement lean as a cost reduction initiative.  You’ll just screw it up.”  Implementing lean as a cost reduction project is a sure fire way to failure but it’s probably the most common foundation for getting started.  I think this comes from the idea that manufacturing operations are “cost centers” rather than “strategic value creation centers”.

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Teams Should Conduct Their Own 5S Audits: Part Two

In our last post, we talked a bit about 5S audits and argued that teams of operators should self-audit their own areas rather than having “external” audits conducted.  In this post, we’ll go over the process for teaching teams how to audit themselves.  I’ve also provided a download of the form I use for all this.

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Teams Should Conduct Their Own 5S Audits: Part One

We all know that an important part of sustaining 5S is auditing or assessing the status of 5S at any given point in time.  The internet is full of 5S audit forms.  In many cases, audits are carried out by “outsiders”…folks from outside the department that’s being audited.  It’s kind of like being back at school where we turned our test in and got back a grade.  If the grade was good, we were relieved.  If the grade was bad, we huffed indignantly, sure that the teacher had it in for us.  5S audits shouldn’t be like that.

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Lean Methods Could Have Prevented Historic Mistake at the Oscars

OK, so apparently a big mistake was made at the Oscars last night…a really, really big mistake.  The wrong film was announced as Best Picture.  Not Best Sound Editing, not Best Costumes, not Best Foreign Short Animation.  Best Picture.  That’s a REALLY BIG mistake.

To add insult to injury, the mistake wasn’t caught and corrected until the folks representing the wrong movie (LaLaLand) were on stage and had been thanking everyone in their extended families for their love and support.

So, what’s all this have to do with lean methods?

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