4 reasons to consider SMED

SMED is a structured approach to reducing changeover durations. Here are 4 good reasons to consider deploying SMED. >Lisez-moi en français 1. More production capacity is required A critical resource of the production process is not able to deliver the expected quantity, due to lack of capacity. Such a resource is usually called a bottleneck, … Continue reading 4 reasons to consider SMED

Could Six Sigma have more harmed than helped?

I started my career in the heyday of Total Quality Management (TQM) in France, beginning of the 1980’s and witnessed over the following years how the TQM trainings and deployments built a quality-aware culture in the companies and spread to everyday’s life. Over time though, other “Japanese Methods” became fashionable and the hype was on … Continue reading Could Six Sigma have more harmed than helped?

Pareto: chop off the head or trim the tail?

A Pareto chart is an ordered histogram where the few categories with highest occurrences are on the left side (the head), and the many categories with few occurrences are on the right side (the tail). A Pareto chart is used to discriminate the vital few from trivial many, especially if the distribution complies to the … Continue reading Pareto: chop off the head or trim the tail?

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