Failure Mode Effects Analysis – FMEA Template for Excel

Failure Mode Effects Analysis – FMEA Template The Failure Mode Effects Analysis is a great tool used in the Aerospace industry since the 1960s and still in use today for DFM (Design For Manufacturing) in Lean manufacturing environments.  Use our FMEA Template to Identifying the ways in which a product can fail Estimating the risk […]

Lean Six Sigma Project Examples Coming Soon

Lean Six Sigma Project Examples Coming Soon Whether your company boasts a robust Total Quality Management (TQM) program or whether your company has a team of at least one Lean Six Sigma Black Belt to be proud of, one of the challenges in Six Sigma Green Belt Certification is getting the candidate to truly understand […]

Kaizen Continuous Improvement Checklist for Microsoft Excel

Kaizen Continuous Improvement Checklist for Microsoft Excel Folks, today\’s update is the long awaited Kaizen Continuous Improvement Checklist for Microsoft Excel.  As many lean practitioners and black belts know, Kaizen is a rough Japanese translation for \”continuous improvement\” or \”to continuously improve\”. This template is ready for use, however, you can change it or adapt […]

VSM Template for Microsoft Excel

Here is a the third version of the widely used VSM Template for Microsoft Excel.   The Value Stream Mapping technique serves to help identify the current process state, the time it takes to execute each process step and whether it is truly business value added (or whether it is really not necessary).  One of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Lean Manufacturing Secrets Apple Has Already Figured Out

If you’re company has developed a new product it intends to manufacture and sell, many startups choose the lean manufacturing, specifically contract manufacturing route.  This alleviates some stress in having to setup a facility, tooling, etc.  Some of the top high-velocity contract manufacturers include Foxconn, Jabil, Flextronics, and Pegatron. When designing products or choosing OEM […]

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 […]

Six Sigma Project Now Available for Download

Six Sigma Project Now Available for Download We now have a complete DMAIC Six Sigma project available for download.  The complete version includes all original files (Excel, PowerPoint, and Minitab worksheet) whereas the \”light\”, low cost version just includes pdf files.  Should you purchase the low cost version and decide Preamble Acme Laptop Company has […]

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 […]