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MIT TechTV – Overview of MIT’s Production in the Innovation Economy (PIE) Initiative

MIT TechTV – Overview of MIT’s Production in the Innovation Economy (PIE) Initiative.

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MIT TechTV – Manufacturing Change: The Engine of the US Economy

MIT TechTV – Manufacturing Change: The Engine of the US Economy.

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Toyota’s 14 Principles

1. Value a long term philosophy over short term gains 2. Eliminate Waste 3. Eliminate Overburdening 4. Eliminate Unevenness – Level Loading 5. Build a culture of stopping to correct problems as soon as they are discovered and of doing … Continue reading

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Value Stream Mapping with E-Draw

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Lean IT

Information Technology / Information Systems are something of a controversial tool to some Lean / CI practitioners, because in the past they tended to drive non-value added practices and worked against lean techniques such as kanban and visual management. That … Continue reading

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The Continuous Improvement of Standard Work

One element of a Corporate Lean Business System is the Continuous Improvement of Standard Work. Under this umbrella lies the body of knowledge exemplified by the Toyota Production System and various practitioners who have studied TPS. The framework for CI … Continue reading

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Elements of a Corporate Lean Business System

In this post, I’ll describe the elements of the sytem we are developing at my current company. Our company develops gas risers, valves, fittings and meter-sets for utilities across the United States. At the time I started with them, they … Continue reading

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A Corporate Lean Business System

In my current position I’m developing both the company’s Lean Six Sigma program and a Sharepoint web portal to support and manage the implementation across 3 facilities in different states. This blog will discuss the elements of the system and … Continue reading

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