Lean Manufacturing Update

Keeping You Informed On Lean Manufacturing

Cost Cutting vs Lean

  • Rick Bohan
  • February 05, 2018

United Airlines cut costs by printing its in-flight magazine on thinner paper. I’ve often said that lean is NOT cost […]

5S is Boring

  • Rick Bohan
  • January 29, 2018

5S can be boring. But the results are worth the time and trouble. In a recent (excellent) article on the challenges […]

How to Implement Lean Manufacturing: Simplify and Solve – Value Stream Mapping and Team Problem Solving: Part 10

  • Rick Bohan
  • January 18, 2018

In the last post, we recommended posting charts at each work station to gather information about production and performance that […]

A New Look

  • Rick Bohan
  • January 17, 2018

Yep, I changed things around a bit here and splashed on a new look.  It’s a bit cleaner and (I […]

How to Implement Lean Manufacturing: Simplify and Solve – Value Stream Mapping and Team Problem Solving: Part 9

  • Rick Bohan
  • January 13, 2018

Lean efforts will be successful to the degree to which we have operational excellence in the shop.  Inventories and costs […]

Another YouTube Video of Mine to Check Out…”What is Lean?”

  • Rick Bohan
  • January 08, 2018

As I’ve mentioned, I’m getting started on putting more material on YouTube.  Here’s my latest…it’s an overview/description that answers (one […]

An Article You Should Read About A Great Company: Talan Products

  • Rick Bohan
  • December 05, 2017

Yeah, it’s kind of easy to say Talan Products is a great company…after all, they were smart enough to hire […]

Check Out My Update YouTube Video – “What is 5S?”

  • Rick Bohan
  • November 30, 2017

I’ve updated a video I posted to YouTube some time ago.  (Actually, what I did was delete the old video […]

Which is Better…Lean or Six Sigma?

  • Rick Bohan
  • November 25, 2017

I’ve learned recently that about any search term that includes “Six Sigma” does well.  Regular readers know that I haven’t […]

Larry Fast, columnist at Industry Week, is One Smart Guy

  • Rick Bohan
  • November 03, 2017

I don’t know Larry and he doesn’t know me, so this is unsolicited and uncompensated applause for a smart guy […]

Lean Implementation is Lots of Small Things

  • Rick Bohan
  • September 22, 2017

A colleague and I are helping a couple of local school districts implement continuous improvement in three areas: Facilities Maintenance, […]

Process Mapping: Lessons I’ve Learned

  • Rick Bohan
  • September 20, 2017

Over the years, I’ve helped a number of clients with process mapping exercises.  Now, process mapping is one of those […]