Lean Manufacturing Plan Requirements Template

Lean Manufacturing Plan Requirements Template   This latest Lean Manufacturing Plan Requirements Template is for Microsoft Word.  This is a basic plan for all those small companies trying to kick-start their product assembly activities.  This is really intended for startups that have a product ready for final assembly and integration, and the requirements for selecting an […]

Lean Six Sigma 5S Checklist for Microsoft Excel

Lean Six Sigma 5S Checklist for Microsoft Excel This Lean Six Sigma 5S checklist is ready to use.  Please understand this has nothing to do with the iPhone 5s.  5S is a methodology used in Lean Manufacturing to ensure workplace organization optimization.  The 5S  are Sort, Simplify, Systematic Cleaning, Standardize, Sustain and these are the […]

Introduction to Lean Thinking and Identifying Waste

Introduction to Lean Thinking and Identifying Waste   Six Sigma 101 Six Sigma (sometimes referred to in short as 6 Sigma or 6S) is a data driven approach to facilitate the best non-emotional, non-impulsive decision that will satisfy the customer’s requirements without increasing costs or variation. Applying Six Sigma methods will help you understand business […]

Facilitating Design for Manufacturing by Applying Lean Techniques

The following advice applies to design for manufacturing somewhat more than deploying software platforms.  I have included a short summary as to applying lean principles to product design in order to reduce cost and time to market.  These principles need to be thought out carefully at the beginning of the design phase, not at the […]

SWOT Analysis Template for Microsoft Excel

Today\’s download features a SWOT analysis template for Microsoft Excel.  The SWOT template is a classic tool used to identify the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats of your process, your people, and even your products as you perceive them as compared to the competition. The SWOT Analysis tool is best used as a team exercise […]

Supplier Scorecard on Steroids – Supplier Evaluation Form

Premium Supplier Scorecard Are your vendors letting you down?  Are you trying to compare vendors and you don’t know where to start?  Do you continue to get hounded by new vendors wanting your business?  Is your current supplier scorecard letting you down? If so, put them up to the task with this customizable 100+ point Supplier Evaluation Scorecard […]

Microsoft Excel Ready Lean Manufacturing Assessment

Everybody loves to complete self-assessments but how about a Lean Manufacturing Assessment.  If not for the actual value of scoring your lean manufacturing operations, at least for the fun and pleasure in using automated Excel sheets.  Change some of the ratings to see what happens to the graph.  We are sure you will agree that […]