Writing entries for a blog is rather easy. Doing it professionally, however, requires more effort. While I have enormous experience in lean manufacturing, I do not have all the skills needed for a professional blog. While the majority of the content is provided by me, a number of other people help me with different tasks. Below … Read more

Japanese Multidimensional Problem Solving

In the West, the standard approach for problem solving is to take a good look a the problem, after which a solution approach will pop into someone’s head. This approach is then optimized until the problem is solved. However, while this often ends up with one solution, it usually is far from the best solution … Read more

Lean Where You Least Expect It – Toilet Paper Origami

Standardization, visual management, and process confirmation are some important elements of lean manufacturing. Here we have an example many of you are probably familiar with – toilet paper folding at hotels. This simple example can clearly demonstrate the value of Standardization, visual management, and process confirmation.

Make Your Plant Tour a Success!

There are thousands of things to see during a plant tour. However, if you really want to know how good the plant is, there are a couple of tricks on what to watch during the tour. This post will give you a few quick but reliable metrics to estimate the performance of the plant.

Visit to Euromold for the Latest in 3D Printing

The next Euromold trade show in Frankfurt will be in a few weeks. While the show generally presents products related to moldmaking  and tooling, they also have a large section on 3D printing. This is a good time for me to talk about 3D printing and my last visit to Euromold last year.

Ancient Roman Management Techniques

Ancient Romans already knew how to manage their people. For example, the Drusus Stone monument in Mainz demonstrates the importance of keeping your people both busy and motivated.

What the OEE is Good for … and What it’s Not

Measuring the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is one thing, but before you measure the OEE you should know when and where you actually need the OEE to improve your industry. This post describes what the OEE is good for and what it’s not.

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