Standard work is the foundation for continuous improvement. It is important for tasks to be completed in the same way by all involved in the… Read More »How Quick Fix Routines Support Continuous Improvement
Where manufacturing processes require manual intervention, it is vital that the operators of those processes do so consistently. This means that all operators should follow… Read More »Why Only Teaching Shop Floor Staff “How” Things Are Done is Not Enough
Organisations that have got continuous improvement right encourage every employee to challenge themselves in improving performance, as individuals and in teams. Using the basic tools… Read More »Why High-Performance Manufacturers Create Their Own Problems
The notion of operational excellence in manufacturing has been around for decades. Manufacturing managers face extreme challenges as they try to balance a range of… Read More »Can Manufacturers Maximise Energy Efficiency Through Operational Excellence Alone?
Technology is an important tool for maximising the resource efficiency of a manufacturing plant, but even the most efficient technologies require maintenance and management. The… Read More »Using Process-Level Management Systems to Drive Resource Efficiency
There are many overlaps between operational excellence, resource efficiency and broader sustainability issues. Improving product quality reduces rework and saves raw materials, energy and water.… Read More »Does Your Factory Have a Resource Efficiency Strategy?
The use of formal problem solving techniques to drive performance improvement is not new, yet few organisations seem able to fully leverage them to achieve… Read More »Essentials of a “Problem Solving Culture”