Blog Articles

Apr 20th 2015

Industry 4.0 and Lean

Industry 4.0 refers to the fourth industrial revolution as envisaged by German government.  We are in the beginning of fourth industrial revolution which involves tight integration of modern information technology in the manufacturing and supply chain operations.  Given this what is the future of lean?… Read more

Apr 13th 2015

The essentials of lean leadership

You are the company owner or CEO.  You implemented lean but the programme has failed. Why? Who to blame? Certainly don’t blame your employees or the middle managers or someone else. You are the cause of the failure.  You failed to show lean leadership.… Read more

Apr 6th 2015

Consider Lean to Outsourcing

One of the challenges for western countries in producing products within their respective countries is high Labour costs.   The labour costs are over three times cheaper in Asia! This is precisely the reason why many companies in West outsource their manufacturing in Asia.… Read more

Mar 30th 2015

What Value stream mapping is – and is not!

Is ‘value-stream map’ (VSM) same as ‘flow diagram’? Is VSM or ‘takt time’ or ‘lean flow’ applicable to only highly repetitive, high volume and low variety manufacturing situations? Are these tools for staffing determinations? Lean Guru, John Shook, answers these questions in this very informative article.… Read more

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