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Showing posts from February, 2012

5S in the Office

5S is a much used Lean tool that is often seen as a good launching point for business transformation projects. In many cases however, its application into the office environment is rather lacking . This is a shame because it can offer some really good benefits for the business who does embrace the five steps (sort, set, shine, standards and sustain) fully. For example, when you implement 5S on your computer server files become easier to find and time that was wasted trying to get the information that you need is now used for more important tasks (plus it's less frustrating!). Physical files and information are better organised and clutter in the workplace reduces. Again, this makes retrieving information quicker, trip hazards reduce and morale can improve. Also, if you run some form of software to manage your business (such as a CRM system, or MRP/ERP system) then having this same mentality with the data in the system will allow you to improve the quality of the business

Business Process Improvement: A Rapid Method for Improving Operational Performance

'Business Process Improvement' is a practical how to guide based on the author's experience of helping businesses to improve their operational performance. It is aimed at the person whose job it is to make operational and on time delivery improvements happen. During the time he has worked as a business improvement consultant, the author, Giles Johnston, has identified a number of approaches that work for his wide range of clients time and time again. Different clients, different businesses, different needs… but similar approaches.. ‘Business Process Improvement’ outlines these approaches in a simple way that makes them easy to apply to your business. If you are short of time and need to quickly make tangible changes in your business, then this practical guide book is for you. Shorter lead times, improved on time delivery performance and less fire fighting are just around the corner. Click here to view on Smartspeed Consulting Li

SMED (Single Minute Exchange of Dies)

I heard a statement recently about how SMED was something you do to ‘polish’ a process, after you have done everything else you need to do to that production process. When I worked through the experience part of gaining my Engineering Chartership I had never heard of the term SMED, it was just something you did to streamline a process – to remove the ‘dead time’ when changing over. Since the lean movement has grown (where I first heard the term SMED) we understand better the need for flexibility within production environments and how quick changeovers can really help. As you can imagine, I disputed the statement that SMED was something you do at the end. I’m sure that you agree that it is just good working practice. If you aren’t familiar with SMED it is a really useful method for taking the work out of a changeover and minimising the time where the process is not running at full speed. A common approach is to: 1 - List all of the activities required to changeover.