Creating a LEAN business

How to Perform a Gemba Walk to Improve Your Manufacturing Operations
As manufacturing has evolved, we sometimes see a gap between what is happening on the shop floor and what the front office thinks is happening. Gemba can help you become more efficient by providing a clearer understanding of your operations. But, where do you start?
Tips to Help Turn Your Business Turn Lean
For many manufacturing companies, technology seems to help with improvements in a variety of areas, including quality, on-time delivery, reduction in part costs, and much more. However, technology can only get you so far. If you do not embrace lean manufacturing practices, you will never reap the full benefits of the technology or systems you are implementing. In short, lean manufacturing is as relevant today as it was when it first came into manufacturing.
Lean manufacturing is something nearly everyone in the industry talks about and strives to achieve. Lean manufacturing is a method of identifying and eliminating waste to improve the manufacturing process and give customers only what they are willing to pay for. Before we discuss ideas for reducing or eliminating waste, let's identify the types of waste.
One tool to help this process is SMED, or single-minute exchange of dies, which focuses on reducing setup and changeover times; increasing machine uptime, yield, and output; reducing costs; and increasing profitability.
A digital twin is a digital replication of a living or non-living thing—a virtual double. In manufacturing, you could also define a digital twin as an ever-evolving digital image of historical and current behavior or status of a physical machine, process, or product—just like the real thing.

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