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How to Run a Virtual Gemba Walk with Your Remote Team

An interesting landscape in the manufacturing scene is unfolding. Operating in a pandemic has forced manufacturing teams to rethink how they work. It’s very common for operators and workers to discuss face-to-face on a production floor, especially when there is a problem in the line or a machine. They speak close to each other to drown the noise within a factory. Supervisors and other team members go to the production floor to see what’s happening. This is what we call a Gemba walk. But doing this in a pandemic goes against health protocols. You can’t be seen in close distance with other workers, let alone be speaking next to their ear. And so, as COVID-19 continues to press on and change how work is performed, we leverage technology to bridge the gap. The answer to this is a virtual gemba walk. What is a Gemba walk? Before we dive

Takt Time: What is it and Why is it Important?

In business, we consider time as a very important commodity. To improve your productivity, optimizing the use of your time is essential. When it comes to understanding your team’s capacity to deliver products continuously, you need to know how to measure the amount of time spent on creating each product. This is what Takt time is. Need more clarity on what is takt time and why it’s important? Read on to find out more. What is Takt Time? Takt time is a fundamental concept in Lean manufacturing which identifies the amount of time spent to deliver a customer’s demand, be it in the form of a product or service. The term takt is a German word for the baton used by an orchestra conductor in regulating the tempo of the music being played. In relation to music, you can consider takt time as a measurable beat time. But when

By |2021-05-02T18:33:19-07:00April 27th, 2021|Agile, Lean Thinking, Manufacturing management|

The Gemba Walk: Identify Improvements at ‘The Place where Value is Created’

When it comes to business improvements, it’s important that leaders know what processes in the organization they need to work on and be able to come up with ways to add value to every task involved. But given the large bulk of managerial tasks most business leaders have to face daily, it’s easy for them to lose sight of the real issues that need to be resolved or improved. As a solution to this problem, Toyota’s process improvement leaders came up with a business practice that is called the “Gemba walk”. The Definition of Gemba Gemba, which is also spelled less commonly as Genba, is a Japanese word that means “the real place”, or in business, “the place where value is created”. Gemba is a term commonly used in the manufacturing industry, where the factory floor is considered the gemba, but ultimately, the word gemba can refer to any

How to Implement Kanban in Manufacturing

We’ve already talked about Kanban many times, so I’m not going to explain what it is again. But if you need a refresher on the basics, feel free to read this Step by Step Guide to the Kanban system first. J Since Kanban originates in the production floors of the Toyota factory, we’ll discuss how to implement Kanban in manufacturing, the different approaches, and the benefits of Kanban in manufacturing. Creating the Optimal Conditions for Implementing Kanban In order to successfully implement Kanban in manufacturing, you need to make sure you have the right environment. The further you are from the ‘ideal’ condition, the harder it will be to implement the system and the larger the safety margin you will need to add to the system to ensure there are no problems. The ideal conditions for implementing Kanban in manufacturing are the following: Have a constant predictable demand for

By |2020-02-21T03:59:56-07:00February 21st, 2020|Kanban, Manufacturing management, Process Flow|

5 Kanban Board Examples for Manufacturing

If you’re not new to Kanban, you know how it originated from the automotive manufacturing industry in Japan. From its roots in the manufacturing industry, we know today has since evolved into full-blown process management and improvement technique. It’s no longer just used to manage parts and stock levels or point out production volumes. It’s a method that empowers businesses to create more efficient processes and achieve better levels of success. In this article, we’ll show you how you can use this methodology in different areas of your business with our board examples for manufacturing. Why Use Kanban in Manufacturing While we all know that using a Kanban system helps manufacturing businesses, there’s more to it than signaling when you need more raw materials or supplies from your upstream processes or applying the Just-in-Time method. Manufacturing processes today are more complex than ever and the pursuit of quality is

Digital Transformation in Manufacturing Companies

Today’s technological advancements have made it easy for various businesses to scale their team and productivity. And as manufacturing companies consistently look for ways to streamline their production systems, the need for digital transformation of manufacturing operations is a must. If you are running a manufacturing business and would like to improve your team’s productivity, you should start implementing digitized manufacturing. Importance of Digital Transformation in the Manufacturing Industry Digital transformation in manufacturing businesses can pave the way to better business processes. With so many manufacturing companies competing for the attention of the same target market, you should work hard on meeting the increasing demand of your customers. Here are some of the reasons why digitize manufacturing is a necessity. Enhanced efficiency Your goal is to consistently improve (Kaizen) your processes to help you manage costs and make the most use of your resources. By implementing digital processes

Using Farm Management Software to Run Farms More Efficiently

All eyes are on the agricultural sector as it faces challenges brought about by climate change, depleting resources, and increasing population. By 2050, the global population is estimated to be at 9.7 billion and will drive up food demand anywhere between 58% to 98%. Farmers need to find ways to increase crop production to meet the growing demand for food. But this task is no easy feat. Along with the challenges mentioned, farmers must also battle the reality of declining resources, unpredictable weather, pest and disease attacks, and more stringent regulations. Farmers are challenged to innovate the way they do farming and use technology to combat obstacles that come their way. Farm management software is no buzz phrase, but a necessity for farmers to thrive in the complex and evolving world of agriculture. What is Farm Management Software? Farm management software is a suite of digital tools that are

Lean Farming: Applying Lean Manufacturing Principles in Farming

While it’s true that Lean thinking started in the automotive manufacturing industry, it has worked its way through other industries over the decades. Whether it be knowledge-work or traditional production, Lean thinking has proven to help businesses make their process more efficient. It has since penetrated the agricultural sector. The concept of Lean farming is making waves in the agricultural sector, giving birth to progressive farms all over the world. With the challenges that come with climate change and overpopulation, farmers are pushed to rethink their processes by adopting Lean principles into their operations. To those who are new to the concept or are just curious how Lean farming works, read along as we discover how farmers are embracing Lean principles to maximize their harvest, productivity, and profitability. What is Lean Farming? Lean farming is a system of tools, methods, and practices used to manage farms based on the