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Introduction To Hoshin Kanri

Hoshin means—Compass/Vision, Kanri means Management. Therefore, Hoshin Kanri can be translated into Policy Deployment, Vision Management, or Strategy Deployment.


OEE—Learn How To Use It Right

As with any metric, Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)—the powerful core metric used in Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)—can be misunderstood and misused. In fact, we see it grossly misused at times.


Lean Needs Leaders

Many of our recent posts have focused on leadership.  We’re afraid we are beginning to sound like a broken record.  […]


#10 White Paper If History Can Teach Us Anything... It's How to Lead

Q. What key activity continues to be undervalued when implementing improvement efforts?
A. Leadership.


#9 White Paper What’s Missing From Your Lean Initiative?

TPM’s integral role, with 5 takeaways to guide your strategy.
Most business owners and general managers recognize just how critically important proper equipment maintenance is, particularly in an asset-oriented work environment. 


10 Steps to Foster Innovation and Drive Growth

Innovate or die is a favored phrase among forward thinkers, and though perhaps hackneyed, the notion is exactly in line with the needs of retail today.
As James Vatalaro, a business consultant with Productivity Inc., which practices improving on its namesake for companies in need, noted in his presentation on strategy innovation at the...


Managing Complexity at a Major Insurance Broker

This affinity insurance broker manages policies for 100+ global brands, with millions of new insurance contracts annually covering policyholders in 10+ countries. Its banking, telecommunications, manufacturing, and retail clients offer their...


Blower Failure Case Study – Root Cause Machine Failure Analysis

The goal of Maintenance Improvement is to move away from reactive to a proactive or planned maintenance process. As part of this process, maintenance personnel analyze breakdowns to reveal equipment weaknesses and then modify equipment to improve its operation, maintainability and lengthen equipment life. Root Cause Machine Failure Analysis was introduced to this building products manufacturer’s maintenance reliability team as a method to eliminate a repetitive blower failure.


Everything in Pork Pie Order

Pork pie and sausage roll maker Pork Farms Bowyers has invested significant resource and time into creating its own tailored shopfloor organization program. Steed Webzell reports.