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Detailed Process Design : Part 1

Aug 4, 2017 | Posted by Leanne Lebel

Detailed Process Design – Part 1: This is deep background thinking on how processes should be designed using SYSTEM, PATHWAY, CONNECTION and ACTIVITY thinking. When designing processes, we need to consider each of these aspects, and when we observe, looking for improvements or problem solving, this flow gives us a somewhat standardized approach for what […]

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Forklift Call Systems

Jul 28, 2017 | Posted by Leanne Lebel

Forklift Call Systems reduce “sharking” (forklift drivers that hover around the line waiting for what they have to deliver). Instead, they just go to the call board and get the next parts to deliver. This means no waiting or trying to plan out what need to be delivered and no “dump and run” deliveries (forklift […]

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Critical to Quality VS. Critical to Process

Jul 21, 2017 | Posted by Leanne Lebel

CTQ: This would be like the KEY POINTS in a job element sheet/job instruction sheet; those things that that are critically important to standardized work for the team member. They are things that must be done in a certain way, and/or checked in a certain way to maintain good quality. This would be indicated with […]

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Kanban: Just In Time

Jul 13, 2017 | Posted by Leanne Lebel

The simplest explanation for kanban is that it is a replenishment signal. There is a replenishment signal produced when on hand inventory drops to a predetermined level. This system ensures you never run out of stock. Most kanban systems run on printed cards which contain all the necessary info to replenish stock.

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Warehousing and Coil Storage

Jul 7, 2017 | Posted by Leanne Lebel

An effective strategy when designing your storage area is to make it so that no parts need to be moved to access the ones you need.

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