Material Handling Principles

Handling box on convayer belt

Material Handling Principles – 10 Steps to Create Effective Working Conditions   Material Handling is any process that involves moving, controlling, protecting, or storing materials throughout the manufacturing process. Material handling is a significant part of lean manufacturing because it is a non-value added activity. Non-value added activities are considered major wastes and should be […]

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POUS

POUS – What is it and Why is it Important?   Point  of Use Storage (POUS),  also referred to as Point of Use Inventory, identifies what you need, how much you need, and where you need it. POUS is part of the Set-In Order Stage of 5S. Implementing Point of Use Storage means the materials […]

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Sustain Step of 5S Makes the Process Second Nature

5S helps companies to maximize efficiency within the workplace. Over the past few months, we have been detailing and highlighting the process and we have come to the last step – sustain. The sustain step ensures that the 5S steps taken up to this point are sustained in the long term. Essentially, it is the […]

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Standardize Stage Helps Companies Maintain 5S Initiative

5S Step 4 – Standardize Once you have completed the Sort, Set in Order, and Shine stages of the 5S process, it is time to Standardize. This step will help to maintain the work done in the first three by creating fool-proof processes to keep up with the new work environment. Steps 1-3 implement new […]

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Shine Step Allows Companies to Inspect and Improve

Third Step in 5S: Shine Once you have completed the Sort and Set In Order steps of the 5S process, it is time to begin the third step – shine. Cleaning is a very important step in 5S but cannot be completed unless everything is organized and accounted for. Once the plan for each item […]

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“Set in Order” Stage of 5S Helps Companies Find Place for All Items in Workplace

In our latest blog series, we are detailing 5S implementation and what is required of each step. For those who do not know about 5S, it is a program that helps companies reach maximum efficiency. The program stands for sort, set in order, shine, standardize, and sustain. Understanding the concept is the first step towards […]

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Step 1: Sort

How 5S Helps Companies Reach Maximum Efficiency Starting With the First Step, Sort (seiri)   Making smart workplace improvements that 5S requires is not the main reason you do 5S. You make 5S workplace improvements because 5S methods reduce problems and mistakes so every time your work is done, it is your best work. 5S was […]

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What You Need to Know about Value Stream Mapping

Value stream mapping is a lean manufacturing technique. Lean manufacturing helps companies eliminate excess waste within their manufacturing systems. VSM is a powerful technique used to evaluate specific aspects of an organization’s “current state” that might not be performing at an optimal level. A map becomes a visual baseline to depict and improve flow and […]

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Bringing Technology to Your Business – Part IV + Bringing It All Together

Over the past four months, we have pondered several ways technology has crucial effects on manufacturing and business operations. Contrary to popular belief, technology transcends computer software; it pervades nearly every aspect of an effectively run business. No matter the size of the company, nor the type of goods or services produced, technology innovation has […]

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