January 19, 2016 | By Gary Conner
Lean consultant Gary Conner describes a way to adapt value stream mapping—with its roots in low-mix, high-volume production—to the high-mix, low-volume job shop.
Employees and managers experience a lean transformation in vastly different ways. Understanding these viewpoints can help change a company culture to one that embraces continuous improvement.
July 31, 2014 | By Gary Conner
Like anything related to continuous improvement, mistakeproofing requires the right processes, but, perhaps even more important, it also requires the right people. With the right people and processes, real change is possible.
April 30, 2013 | By Gary Conner
Coordinating fabrication, welding, assembly, and painting within a high-mix, low-volume environment is neither new nor easy. The effort at one such fabricator demonstrates the commitment required, tools applied, lessons learned, and benefits realized when adopting cellularized flow manufacturing in a traditional, departmentalized organization.
April 6, 2004 | By Gary Conner
Editor's Note: A version of this article previously appeared in the March 2004Lean Into It newsletter.What do barnacles and lean manufacturing have in common? Let me explain.Barnacles are a form of sea life that everyone's heard of but probably knows little about. Many different...
June 18, 2002 | By Gary Conner
Slow times call for some desperate measures, but losing sight of a lean approach to manufacturing should not be one of them. Take an opportunity that slow times present to evaluate your business and take appropriate steps towards a lean operation.
June 12, 2002 | By Gary Conner
You never know who in your company might be a diamond in the rough, waiting to shine. Giving everyone in your company the opportunity to take risks and learn from their mistakes is the best investment an employer can make.
March 28, 2002 | By Gary Conner
Buying top-shelf equipment doesn't necessrily make you a top-shelf operation. Much more important is the behavior of the people behind the equipment.
October 25, 2001 | By Gary Conner
The number of opportunities to steer your company wrong during a move toward lean manufacturing are myriad. Knowing a few of the common ones may help you achieve your goals without a lot of headaches.
August 16, 2001 | By Gary Conner
Mastering the flow of work through your shop is your most important taks if you are attempting Toyota's approach to lean manufacturing.
February 19, 2001 | By Gary Conner
All manufacturing operations need to reinvent themselves to compete in today's marketplace. What can you do to change? Try going lean.