Introduction to Lean Thinking

An introduction to Lean Thinking drawing on Dr. Deming, Toyota Production System and Lean Thinking by Jones and Womack. Interested in learning more? Download Related PDF Visit us at the AGx Conference Series

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Are You Listening to Voice of Agency?

Jerry Rosenthal started on his process improvement journey where he entered the world of medical device and worked with such companies like Cardinal Health. Jerry’s expertise is primarily in regulated environments such as food, beverage and pharmaceutical production and packaging. Jerry has been successful at taking principles and tools from manufacturing and applying them to […]

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Creating Flow in your Environment

The Lean definition of flow goes something like this, the accomplishment of steps within a value stream so that a product or service proceeds from the beginning of the value stream to the customer without waste. Many Lean efforts first start around the concept of improving flow. They start many times with 5S (Sort, Straighten, […]

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Food Safety Compliance as an Obligation

Preston W. Blevins career spans over forty-five years with two related careers. The first as a manufacturing operations and supply-chain practitioner, and the second in the ERP/supply-chain software industry. During his second career, he has specialized in helping companies understand, acquire, implement, and maintain world-class business practices and systems using advanced information technology. Responsibilities during this second career […]

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Lean Service Waste of Unnecessary Movement

In a recent blog post, Lean Service Waste in Food Safety, I introduced the seven Lean Service Wastes as defined by Bicheno and Holweg (2009). We will address each in a Monday series of blog posts. This is the third in the series and is based on Unnecessary Movement. Unnecessary Movement. Queuing several times, lack […]

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Lean Service Waste of Duplication

In a recent blog post, Lean Service Waste in Food Safety, I introduced the seven Lean Service Wastes as defined by Bicheno and Holweg (2009). We will address each in a Monday series of blog posts. This is the second in the series and is based on Duplication Duplication. Having to re-enter data, repeat details on forms, […]

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Lean Service Waste in Food Safety

The original seven wastes (Muda (Japanese term)) were defined by Taiichi Ohno, the father of the Toyota Production System. They were Transportation, Inventory, Motion, Wait, Over-processing, Over-Production, and Defect. These wastes have been often been redefined to better fit new organizations, industries, or external processes. One redefinition of these wastes for service operations by Bicheno and Holweg (2009) is […]

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