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The Real Purpose of Visual Management

Great article from the folks at Duggan Associates.

http://www.qualitydigest.com/inside/operations-article/093015-real-purpose-visual-management-tools.html#

Added by David Visco on March 15, 2016 at 8:41pm — No Comments

Significant 5S improvement example but ...

This customer recently went through the first three phases of a 5S initiative:

Sort

Set In Order

Shine

They did a fantastic job! The owners of the company were involved and really got behind the initiative  - A key ingredient for 5S success which is unfortunately missing from many 5S programs.

Recently, I was going back through some of the before and after images they sent me and noticed something amiss. Can you see what it is? Take a…

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Added by David Visco on February 16, 2016 at 5:47pm — No Comments

5S in the Office - a disaster waiting to happen

A customer reached out to me the other day to ask if there was a 5S rule on employees having pictures of family members on their desks and work area. Her guess was that it's not allowed. 

Talk about the potential for giving 5S a bad name. Wow! "it's not allowed?!" This goes to a much deeper issue regarding the benefit of 5S in…

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Added by David Visco on September 11, 2015 at 3:38pm — No Comments

Secret ingredient for 5S Success

It's been a strong belief of mine for quite some time that one of the secret ingredients needed for 5S Success is Accountability. Managers all the way up the chain have to hold their direct reports accountable for abiding by the 5S standards. For example, if a Warehouse Supervisor sees a subordinate place a pallet jack two feet away from the taped out, pre-determined and labeled location that Supervisor MUST pull that subordinate aside and speak to him/her. The second that the Supervisor…

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Added by David Visco on August 21, 2015 at 12:38pm — No Comments

Quick 5S question that will prove valuable to you

I'm curious to learn what everyone's most significant 5S challenge is. With regards to your 5S program please fill in the blanks in the sentence below. I'll respond with potential solutions and share the results. 

Here's the sentence:

"If I could just (fill in the blank) but I can't because (fill in the blank)"

For example:

If I could just get my 5S audits done but I can't because I simply don't have the…

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Added by David Visco on May 29, 2015 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

10 tips to liven up standardized work

Our employees are responsible for the team’s success and management is responsible for its failures; to perform is always to be the best, optimize and do a better job tomorrow. In operations, we use standardized work, among other things, to always go further.

1.       Be accountable for your team’s performance

Originally, the manager generates an economic performance. This isn’t new (enunciated by Pete Drucker in 1954 in his book, Practice of…

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Added by Flexpipe on April 28, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

5S Complacency

What do you do to keep folks from becoming complacent with 5S? I've toured companies that have maintained 5S at a high level while also seeing those that got bored with it. What does your company do to keep people enthusiastic about…

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Added by David Visco on March 12, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Rotten Oranges

I read this interesting analogy the other day in the book Clinical 5S. Humans like to keep areas clean that they have personally invested time cleaning. On the same note a dirty area can spread to other areas. Consider what happens if you add a rotten orange into a basket of good oranges. In no time, the good oranges will turn rotten. Same concept applies to 5S and the workplace. Get rid of your rotten oranges and then maintain it to keep everything looking clean and orderly. If you allow…

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Added by David Visco on March 10, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Using color coded cleaning equipment along with tool shadow boards is a great method for organizing your shop floor and sustaining your 5S Shine program. Our Custom Project Experts can help you easil…

Using color coded cleaning equipment along with tool shadow boards is a great method for organizing your shop floor and sustaining your 5S Shine program. Our Custom Project Experts can help you easily design these boards and help you develop a color coded program. Learn more…

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Added by David Visco on March 3, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

Improve your Shine program

Using color coded cleaning equipment along with tool shadow boards is a great method for organizing your shop floor and sustaining your 5S Shine program. Our Custom Project Experts can help you easily design these boards and help you develop a color coded program. Learn more…

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Added by David Visco on March 3, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

We all want to be validated

"On the last episode of her show, Oprah Winfrey said that after 25 years of interviews the one thing all of her guests had in common was the need to be validated. Recognition is an inherent need in all of us. Awards are badges of honor, they are acknowledgements before your peers that you did something better than everyone else." From They Can't Eat You by Marc Sparks.

How are you going to award your best performers? It doesn't take a lot of effort on your part however the results are…

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Added by David Visco on February 23, 2015 at 11:45am — No Comments

The KEY to Sustaining

Accountability is key to sustaining any improvement. As John Maxwell, Leadership Guru, states "It's pretty tough to encourage accountability if no one knows what he or she is responsible for. Take away any confusing gaps in responsibility, and your people will adapt to new roles and grow in their current ones. The entire team will benefit. People are more likely to own up to a problem when they know what they own." 

Added by David Visco on February 11, 2015 at 9:36am — No Comments

How to reduce forklift accidents

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that there are 34 900 serious injuries, including 85 fatal accidents per year in the Unites States involving forklifts. 11% of all forklifts will be involved in some type of accident each year and the manufacturing industry is the most affected with 42.5% of fatal accidents.

Many work-related factors can cause accidents with forklift trucks, such as lack of training, poor maintenance, blocked vision, improper backing,…

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Added by Flexpipe on January 26, 2015 at 12:56pm — No Comments

Making 5S Stick in Your Shop

Here's a great article I came across from over a decade ago regarding sustaining 5S programs. The fundamentals are the same today as they were back then. Simple and straight forward. I'm particularly fond of # 4. Enjoy and please share your feedback and input. 

Happy New Year

David Visco

5S Best Practices

Columns From: 7/1/2004 Modern Machine Shop, Wayne Chaneski

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Added by David Visco on December 30, 2014 at 2:54pm — No Comments

Shining is to make problems obvious

With clutter gone and the storage area organized, the next step is to properly and thoroughly clean and paint equipment and work areas. This step is critical as a way of sustaining the improvements begun in the Sort and Set phases. Initial painting and cleaning requires a blitz task outside regular working hours, but after that a daily routine should be established. The entire team should participate in cleaning - but make sure that every team has adequate cleaning supplies and equipment;…

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Added by Flexpipe on December 10, 2014 at 2:02pm — No Comments

The ONE Thing needed for 5S Success

I'll never ever forget this one experience at a previous employer of mine. I had been promoted to a new role in a new department. I was in the job less than a week and showed up at the weekly Friday staff meeting with eight team members. My boss said to me, "David, please pass out the production report so we can review the numbers". I looked up in confusion not realizing it was my responsibility. He looked around the table at the rest of the group and slammed his fists on the table and…
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Added by David Visco on October 27, 2014 at 10:36am — No Comments

visit us at The Northeast Shingo Conference

Stop by our booth at the Northeast Shingo Conference Oct 1 and 2nd in Springfield, Mass. All the details can be found here. http://www.northeastleanconference.org/

 

I hope to see you there.

 

Best Wishes


David Visco

5S Best Practices

Added by David Visco on September 22, 2014 at 10:32am — No Comments

A case for 5S and Tool Control

Today while touring a manufacturing facility I was shown the below image. As the story goes, the President of the company was looking for a tool in the cluttered Tool Shop area. After searching for quite some time, he eventually found the tool he was looking for only to discover it was broke. In his frustration he whipped it across the room resulting in the tool shadow you see below. The tool is still stuck in the wall. We laughed about the incident and I had to admit I'd never seen tool…

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Added by David Visco on September 2, 2014 at 4:15pm — No Comments

5S Webinar subject

What subject would interest you for a 20 - 30 minute FREE 5S Webinar? Let us know and we'll tally the data and develop the webinar from one of our 5S Experts.

Added by David Visco on August 18, 2014 at 11:50am — 3 Comments

Creating Visual Management Systems

AME is hosting a Creating Visual Management Systems workshop on September 4th at General Cable in Manchester. General Cable has a fantastic visual management system. Here are the details. Make sure to stop by and say "hi" to me. Click here for more details

 

 

Added by David Visco on August 4, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

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