GARY KAPANOWSKI: LEAN Manufacturing through Compact Machining Cell

This article describes the true intention of Lean to establish a continuous improvement cycle.  This group started with over 1,700 parts to categorize for production and tooling then to capacity.  This led ot a reorganization of the shop floor based on the pull from the customer.  This led to a “process family code system” for […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Experts discuss their mission to spread a culture of continuous improvement

The experts know.  Both Professor Liker and James Franz state that the implementation of Lean in organizations over the past 30 year hasn’t replicated the productivity gains made by Toyota.  In a way, this is disturbing.  As described in the article, the Toyota Way is a coaching model with a teacher/student relationship.  The Lean approach […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Lean Huddles work

This advance manufacturing organization adopted a Lean Huddle strategy to organize their tooling opportunities.  They didn’t know it was a huddle, but was used to get everyone to talk about the problem.  The answer was within the organization and the employees.  Testing different ways of production produced answers that were able to be applied throughout […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Throughput in Three Steps

It’s all about throughput – these days…. As it should be!!  Throughput is the start and finish of every process flow.  How can we meet the takt time?  How can we maximize our throughput?  These questions are asked frequently.  This article does an excellent job in organizing your thoughts on this issue. The three principles […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: To U-Shape or Not to U-Shape?

This article points to several great opportunities when implementing Lean principles and tools to solve a problem.  First, the author points to Lean as “having very small amounts of work-in-process (WIP) moving rapidly through the entire process to the customer” or known as flow.  To improve the flow, a U, O, D or C looking […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: How family status affects women at work?

Raising the corporate ladder is difficult for anyone.  The latest research indicates being a woman with kids is not a favorable indicator for success.  The positive indicator of mentorship boosts the results for women.  The interesting fact from the article is that the supply of women with credible education backgrounds would point to a more […]

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 […]