Monthly Archives: May 2015

GARY KAPANOWSKI: LEAN Manufacturing through Compact Machining Cell

This article focuses on the actual manufacturing processes and Lean principles to reduce waste, such as idle spindle time, lost time during set-up, or for loading and unloading work pieces.  The author does a nice job describing the complexities of this organizations difficulty with meeting customer specifications that make it difficult for international competition to […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Achieving measurable improvements in Lean within the metal finishing industry

This is a great article for Lean professionals to show how measured improvements can be earned through installing Lean.  With sales increase over 58%, Parts Per Million Defects reduced by 75%, and On-Time Delivery nearing 100%.  This was accomplished through Lean principles of valuing the workforce to own their processes to make improvements and eliminating […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Focus on the Workforce

This is a great article discussing how universities and companies can share in the learning process and contribute to Lean continuous improvements.  In clear step-by-step process, the collaboration provides the roadmap for continuous improvement for any organization or industry. Article Link: http://www.sme.org/MEMagazine/Article.aspx?id=69061&taxid=1415 Gary Kapanowski – Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt – Excelsior The following […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Michigan Lean Consortium brings an experienced eye to lean’s journey

With the advancement in manufacturing, Lean is still seen as a quick fix for cost reduction, increased workloads, and layoffs.  With the incorporation of the nonprofit, all-volunteer Michigan Lean Consortium (MLC), the mission for Michigan organizations under the tutelage of the MLC is to develop and support lean systems thinkers to transform Michigan’s organizations and […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Time to Improve is now with Lean

This article specifically describes how Lean should be utilized in an organization.  In fact, the opening question of “Who is doing continuous improvement, and when are they doing it?” speaks to the foundations of Lean and eliminating waste.  I especially liked the description of the metric:  problem-to-improvement cycle time.  This tracks the time it takes […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Using Lean to ease the Sting for Patients Waiting in Line

Of the 8 wastes, wait time the most prevalent and frustrating for the customer.  In some cases, it indicates a lack of respect for the customer’s time and value to the organization.  Having online information systems like HospitalStats.com to indicate the areas worse wait time only adds to the frustration.  Thus, eliminating the wait time […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Lean manufacturing used for all industries

This is a great article for Lean professionals.  It’s easy to get too focused on the tools of Lean.  As professionals, we need to understand the behaviors, grow people, and build standards.  In Lean transformations, the behaviors drive the tools.  Such areas to consider is coaching, employee empowerment, and problem solving. The implementation results are […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Seven Organizational Design Tips for Aerospace Executives

In thermodynamics and business operations, entropy is a natural killer of performance.  A lack of consistent maintenance or review leads to an unavoidable trend toward chaos, a falling a part of processes.  An old slogan is “if you are standing still – you are not advancing”.  The following are some ways to counter the entropy […]