SMED explained while doing laundry – Part one

SMED is a systematic approach to quick changeovers in order to minimize machine downtime. >Lisez-moi en français To explain what SMED is good for to non-specialists discovering it, I use the laundry example. Let’s imagine the mundane washing machine is a very precious resource and it should wash (add value) as much as possible in … Continue reading SMED explained while doing laundry – Part one

When enough is… enough

This is a behavior I’ve noticed quite often in food industry, in chemical or pharmaceutical plants: cleaning and sanitation processes (mainly their duration) are extended beyond the standard procedures at the expense of costs and production capacity. Fear of harming In the regulatory-constraint industries like food, chemical or pharma, people on shopfloor are trained and … Continue reading When enough is… enough

Why SMED is quick win in pharma – Episode III

Improving changeovers in pharma industry is a relatively quick and easy way to… quick wins, faster and easier than usually assumed. This series tells you why. Episode III: How to and Why it works In the previous Episode I explained the background of the lag of many traditional pharma makers in regards to Industry Best … Continue reading Why SMED is quick win in pharma – Episode III

5 ways Lean guys trigger rejection on shopfloor

Lean guys are not always aware they triggered rejection of their ideas or suggestions themselves, only because of their behavior or their disregarding of some elementary rules. Here is a short list of 5 ways to trigger rejection on shopfloor. 1. Play the sensei A sensei, in lean lingo, is a recognized expert, which in … Continue reading 5 ways Lean guys trigger rejection on shopfloor

You consultants – 3 reasons why you should better not blame them

It’s an often heard criticism in our trade: “You consultants just say what we long know“. The last time I heard it, it was in a friendly tone from a nice chap I worked with, in a moment of exasperation about the situation I described and his scorched  pride. I agree with that, what I … Continue reading You consultants – 3 reasons why you should better not blame them