If tool age didn’t pave the way of management age

Lean’s Tool age is approximately the period between 1990 and 2006 in which western companies discovering Lean first tried to copy-paste the Toyota Production System’s tools and methods. Using these tools and methods brought nice successes, but kept inferior to Toyota’s and seldom sustainable. Jim Womack was among the analysts discovering the true nature of … Continue reading If tool age didn’t pave the way of management age

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Zero-based budgeting (ZBB) and lean thinking

Zero-based budgeting is a (old) budgeting method in which the building of the budget starts from a blank page or "zero base". ZBB is not the usual variant of previous period budget with corrections but a totally new one starting from scratch. The idea behind ZBB is to build a budget that fits the purpose … Continue reading Zero-based budgeting (ZBB) and lean thinking

Definition of Lean

Dan Jones, what is lean? Lean is about a new business model that delivers far more superior performance for customers, employees, shareholders and society at large. Initially this superior performance delivers exactly what customer wants, without any problems, delays, hassles, errors and firefighting. Very quickly it’s also freeing up the capacity to deliver a third … Continue reading Definition of Lean

Robot as coworker, a cobot

Automation and robotics are ways for old economies to keep up with competition being inovative and cost effective. Yet aging of population, raising concern about health and safety, stiffer regulations, etc. may welcome the robot as a companion. Those able to work with humans on a shopfloor are called cobots, collaborative-robots. Collaborative industrial robots are … Continue reading Robot as coworker, a cobot

ABC analysis for efficient picking

When it comes to machine layout, workplace setup or storage space, a prior ABC analysis of the frequency of events or value, volume, weight, etc. is a good start for making it efficient. Reminder The ABC analysis is based on the principle of Pareto law, sometimes called 20/80 (20% of causes accumulate 80% of effects) … Continue reading ABC analysis for efficient picking

Lean Transformation Model by John Shook

John Shook, Chairman and CEO of Lean Enterprise Institute, explains LEI's Lean Transformation Model. Mr Shooks take the Lean (Toyota inspired) house as a base for the explanation. This house or temple has many variants and is variously (mis)understood. While drawing the house on a whiteboard, John Shooks gives explanation in a very simple and … Continue reading Lean Transformation Model by John Shook

What jobs in the factory of the future? Part3

Factories are not the only place where the future of jobs is questionable. New technologies may have far bigger impact on employment than generally thought. Until “recently” job losses related to innovation have eventually been compensated by new roles for workers, but this may no longer be true according to an analysis of the Economist. … Continue reading What jobs in the factory of the future? Part3

What jobs in the factory of the future? Part2

In this second post of the serie, well-known software editor SAP proposes six theories about how Industry 4.0 may change the way we work. The original is online >here SAP's Six Theories about Industry 4.0 (excerpts and comments) Theory 1: Digital natives will define the way of working. Thanks to their affinity for mobile devices, … Continue reading What jobs in the factory of the future? Part2

What jobs in the factory of the future? Part1

German industry backed up by federal government are the promoters and leaders of the fourth industrial revolution, named Industry 4.0. The goal is clearly stated: prepare a sustainable future for domestic (German) industrial production and keep machine-tool industry on the leading edge. Once understood Industry 4.0's technological promises, the question about jobs in these future … Continue reading What jobs in the factory of the future? Part1