Category Archives: Chap 15 Lean and agile

Toyota Production System manufacturing fork lifts

This is an interesting promo video for two reasons.  First, most videos about the Toyota Production System (TPS) are filmed in car manufacturing plants – but this video shows fork lift trucks being manufactured.  Second, it focuses primarily on how … Continue reading

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‘The Human Connection’ – people and design

The Chartered Institute for Ergonomics and Human Factors has a series of free to download case studies on “how ergonomics and human factors can improve lives, business and society” (here).  To give you a flavour of what these range over, … Continue reading

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Operations Insight: IMI Precision Engineering

This article on the manufacturer.com website provides insight into IMI Precision Engineering and how it has developed and implemented its lean manufacturing strategy.  One of the interesting things about this company is that it manufactures both high volume/low value components, … Continue reading

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Tesla’s Model 3 assembly line strategy – risky or how every carmaker will go?

Fascinating article explaining how car makers go about setting up an assembly line for a new model.  Industry-wide practice is to “beta test” the line by using cheap, adaptable prototype tools that are scrapped once their output conforms to the … Continue reading

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Factory of the Future according to Goldman Sachs

Interesting insight into how manufacturing may change in the next few years.

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Total preventative maintenance

We briefly discuss TPM in our book.  For a more detailed overview of the concept and how it is implemented the Plant Maintenance Resource Center provides a thorough introduction here. This includes a discussion of overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) too. It … Continue reading

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Healthcare provision may be more efficient than we think

Measuring productivity is always more challenging than it might appear.   The concept is simple to state – it’s the relationship between inputs and outputs.  But identifying all the inputs and outputs is not always easy, nor is actually measuring … Continue reading

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Six sigma, lean, lean sigma, and lean six sigma

It occurs to me that sometimes it helps if you clarify just what the hell you are talking about… In our book, we discuss six sigma in the chapter on quality; and explain lean principles and practices in the chapter … Continue reading

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Extending lean sigma beyond the boundaries of the firm

I had lunch with a Black Belt recently.  He works for a company that manufactures complex electronics equipment.  In his role as a Black Belt process engineer he has four major projects to complete in a year – and his … Continue reading

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Lean video – short but effective

We’re always on the look out for well made video material that explains or exemplifies the different topics of Operations Management – either to help practitioners, or for OM academics to show in class.   So we have just come across … Continue reading

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