Blog posts tagged with Lean

Slim Down with Lean Manufacturing 101

January 04, 2016 by Liz Fox

“A corporation is a living organism; it has to continue to shed its skin. Methods have to change. Focus has to change. Values have to change. The sum total of those changes is transformation.” - Andrew Grove, former CEO, Intel What is Lean Manufacturing? First, the textbook definition: “lean” is a consumer-oriented methodology that utilizes continuous improvement to help a company through waste elimination, changes in work culture, and engaging people in different processes. Put more simply, lean manufacturing encourages taking a holistic look at an entire process and finding ways to improve it. Some of the fundamental truths of Lean manufacturing, (which have stolen the spotlight in recent decades) emphasize efficiency, high quality, and positive attitudes through changing several parts of the business. The modern concept of Lean has roots in ideas by American icon Henry Ford, who popularized the idea of eliminating waste through flow production and the moving assembly line. However, when Ford fell into the trap of not being able to provide variety without sacrificing innovation, Toyota founder Kiichiro Toyoda focused his attention on the product’s process from start to finish. By sizing machines according to volume and having each process notify its predecessor of need

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MAGNET Presents Honda Suppliers With Best Practices

July 09, 2015 by MAGNET Ohio

MAGNET played a key role in the 13th annual Lean Network Conference in Columbus, Ohio, an event providing training and resources to suppliers of Honda Motor Company, many of whom are based in Northeast Ohio. At this event, hosted on May 20th and 21st, MAGNET representatives were proud to share their expertise with Honda suppliers in attendance. More than 60 people attended these sessions and learned from MAGNET’s experts about systems improvement and other vital topics. MAGNET offered three important sessions over the course of the conference. In the first session, Growth Advisors Michael O’Donnell and Mike Kaminski discussed value engineering (VE) and the process of weighing purpose, function, and cost. Attendees were guided through the six-step process of VE to find cost-effective solutions (See Diagram Above). In an example that demonstrated FAST (Function Analysis System Technique), MAGNET streamlined the design of a mousetrap by analyzing for areas of possible cost and efficiency improvement, resulting in strategies such as using scent on the mousetrap rather than bait to decrease cost (See Diagram Below). In the next presentation, Growth Advisors Bob Schmidt and Michael O’Donnell shared insights regarding quality and stability. They focused on extending quality tools from the factory floor

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