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Continuous Improvement : 5S in action throughout our Warehouse


What is 5S? 5S is a structured way to create and maintain a clean, organised and safe workplace. 5S was developed by Hiroyuki Hirano in Japan and was adopted by the Toyota Motor Company. It helps create and maintain the efficiency and effectiveness of a work area by having everything needed close to hand and any clutter removed. 5S is a common starting point for Lean activities in a company by eliminating waste from processes such as: wasted time searching for items; excess inventory; extra motion and extra processing. What is it for? Using the 5S techniques it is a...

Component Sense launch the ultimate inventory management tool


We are challenging you to think about your excess stock in a new way. We are not talking about your traditional E&O products that you have no further use of, but your MRP excess. Stock that is excess because you no longer need it usually accounts for around 1% of revenue. MRP excess, stock that you will use eventually but do not need right now tends to range from 3 - 10% of revenue. In a perfect world of "just in Time" of course there is no such thing, however, in the real world this is waste that...

Lean Manufacturing


Lean Manufacturing is the implementation of the associated techniques aligned with a philosophy of Sustainable Continuous Improvement. The main Lean principals should be adopted and applied to the manufacturing processes to eliminate waste. This should be seen as a culture change, challenging the way a company thinks and operates and not as a short-term cost reduction exercise. Click here to read our full white paper on Lean Manufacturing and Supply Chain Solution. Follow @kennymcgee_cs...

White Paper - Lean Manufacturing and Supply Chain Solutions


Overview Lean Manufacturing is a concept which is largely derived from the Toyota Management System. The implementation of the associated techniques aligned with a philosophy of Sustainable Continuous Improvement is necessary to any Manufacturing organisation which would like to be considered World Class. The main Lean principals have been adopted and applied to manufacturing processes the world over and these principals are now commonplace in all blue chip companies. As such lean should not be considered to be a program or short term cost reduction project, but a total mindset, a culture and the way the company thinks and operates....

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