Tag Archives: lean

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 impact of seasonality and fuel costs on easyjet

easyjet shares lost 6% this week on the release of their half year results.  The airline, like most other similar airlines in Europe, always makes a loss in the winter months  due to lower levels of demand at this time … 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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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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The evolution of six sigma in Starwood Hotels

In our book, Operations Insight 9.3 (page 241) is about the implementation of six sigma in Starwood Hotels.  This video provides further insight into how this originated and subsequently developed.   What is interesting is how the original six sigma … Continue reading

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Operations Insight: Lean implementation in the North Wales Police

Picme are a consulting firm specialising in lean implementation, working in both the private and public sector.  One of their clients has been the North Wales Police, about whom they have a case study on their website.  It reports on … Continue reading

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The implications of zero-based budgeting for operations managers

I do not want to stay too far into the realms of finance, but clearly an organisation’s financial strategy, policies and practices have implications for the operations function.  And what struck me whilst reading this McKinsey & Company article about … Continue reading

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Lean dairy farming

I was listening to The Archers on Radio 4 on Sunday (as you do), when the topic of robotic milking came up.  As I am always interested in automation and robotics I decided to find out more… My search took … Continue reading

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Barlows revisited – lean construction

I’ve decided to take a fresh look at some operators we’ve blogged about in the past.  One of the first company’s featured (30 months ago) was Barlows, the Sheffield based shop fitting company.   Today their revamped website features five short … Continue reading

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