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The Next R(E)volution of Lean
By seeing a business as a

lean initiative and lean improvement  how people start a Lean initiative is critical to the success of the first Lean project. If the first project isn't successful, there is a good chance that there won't even be a second effort, and the first project won't be successful if there is no measurable impact to the bottom line or to strategic objectives. Unfortunately, most Lean efforts begin with a tactical approach, rather than a strategic one. This is a key factor in the high percentage of failed Lean programs. Ironically, a tactical approach Read More...
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TEC Lean and Green Manufacturing Buyer’s Guide
While the need for sustainable development is affecting how organizations do business, the idea of environmental and corporate responsibility as value drivers

lean initiative and lean improvement  But the truth is, lean is only a small part of the green initiative (see figure 1). How is green really measured? Is there one process, tool, or system that can do this, or is it a combination of the above? Before we can assess this, we need to know what to measure. Remember, what gets measured gets managed. Green Metrics: The Lean Assessment Tool As a manufacturer, being green is no easy feat. The reason: the concept of green is not so black and white in fact it's very gray. We know that lean is all Read More...
Global Asset Sustainability: Breakthrough Lean Best Practice Counters Rising Energy Costs
Leading companies are reducing energy consumption and costs as a top-priority initiative@with benefits ranging from more efficient operations to increased

lean initiative and lean improvement  support of a breakthrough lean best practice approach to asset management. It takes a comprehensive view of asset availability, performance, quality, and energy consumption. This new approach can be applied throughout the lifecycle of the asset, as well—from procurement to operation and maintenance, through to retirement. It can help in both strategic planning and day- to-day operation. Without this integrated and more complete view of an asset's contribution to both the top line and bottom line, Read More...
LEAN OPINION POLL: Are Lean Concepts and ERP Systems Still Antagonists?
It’s been many years since this question of compatibility between lean practices and enterprise resource planning (ERP) was rigorously discussed and brought

lean initiative and lean improvement  Each organization must approach lean based on its own internal capability and capacity balanced with the requirements of its customers and the practical reality of dealing with and coordinating a multitude of suppliers to create a smooth supply chain. Whether this “lean” initiative includes enabling technology is entirely up to the organization. TEC’s research analysts are currently working on a Buyer’s Guide on the subject of lean. This guide will provide key information to software decision Read More...
Advanced Front Office Lean with Business Modeler Software
When part of an enterprise software environment, business modeler software can reduce training costs, prevent errors, and minimize non-value added work. And if

lean initiative and lean improvement  platform from which further lean initiatives can be launched. When an initiative comes down from senior management to reduce cost, for instance, the existing business model can be evaluated to determine where cost is coming from and how processes need to be revised to meet cost-cutting goals. Business modeler software also enhances your lean improvement efforts by allowing you to benchmark your lean process improvements. In the software, you will have static as is models as well as dynamic to be Read More...
Configuration Intelligence Initiative
Today’s configuration management tools focus on collecting and reporting statistics, logs, and failures, but fail to address the need for analyzing this data to

lean initiative and lean improvement  Intelligence Initiative Today’s configuration management tools focus on collecting and reporting statistics, logs, and failures, but fail to address the need for analyzing this data to determine best practices for improving efficiencies. That’s why Configuresoft has developed software that enables you to link core systems configuration and change management disciplines into actionable analytics. Find out how it can work for you. Read More...
Liferay Releases Community Ideation Initiative
Open source portal provider Liferay invites its global community of users, customers, and partners to participate in the development of new features for Liferay

lean initiative and lean improvement  Releases Community Ideation Initiative Open source portal provider  Liferay invites its global community  of users, customers, and partners to participate in the development of new features for Liferay's products. Liferay's Ideation initiative is also looking at ways to develop new apps that can be delivered through the Liferay Marketplace. Liferay proposes an Ideas Dashboard where feature requests, app ideas, as well as upcoming features for Liferay products can be easily seen and discussed. Read More...
Lean Manufacturing: Part 1
With all the discussion, books, Web sites, and other materials on the topic of lean manufacturing, it's hard to know which resources are credible@much less

lean initiative and lean improvement  on the topic of lean manufacturing, it's hard to know which resources are credible—much less understand the mounds of information. The first part of this series breaks down the definition of lean manufacturing into easy-to-digest concepts and shares the real-life example of a supplier of remanufactured solvents that is working toward the goal of lean. Get tips on how to determine what you need in your production operation and why. Read More...
LeadTime Technology (LTT) and Lean Operations
Production lines and distribution centers have optimum target levels for leanness, but reaching these levels can be difficult. By implementing LeadTime

lean initiative and lean improvement  Technology (LTT) and Lean Operations Production lines and distribution centers have optimum target levels for leanness, but reaching these levels can be difficult. By implementing LeadTime Technology (LTT), manufacturers benefit from leaner inventories, greater customer service levels, and increased economic profit. Find out what the five most important points on LLT and lean operations are and how applying these tools can work to your advantage. Read More...
Case Study: Leading Automotive Supplier Accelerates Lean Operations with EnterpriseIQ
In the competitive auto industry, Nissen Chemitec America knows the need for lean manufacturing. Its legacy enterprise resource planning (ERP) system was

lean initiative and lean improvement  Leading Automotive Supplier Accelerates Lean Operations with EnterpriseIQ In the competitive auto industry, Nissen Chemitec America knows the need for lean manufacturing. Its legacy enterprise resource planning (ERP) system was preventing the company from adopting lean principles, and so in 2003 it looked for an ERP tailored for contract manufacturers serving the auto industry. Learn how the new system helps the company stay lean within the confines of compliance and changing customer demands. Read More...
Lean Knowledge Work
The Toyota production system has been on one of the most important schools of thought in operations, and has spawned several spin-offs. All these approaches are

lean initiative and lean improvement  “lean” ideas. While a lean approach to manufacturing and services is straightforward, applying lean to knowledge work can be challenging. Find out why, and what you can do about it. Read More...
Software Evaluation, Selection, and Procurement Part Two: Recommendations for Improvement
Pursuing an alternative strategy for software evaluation and selection, based on the capital investment paradigm and the principles outlined in this article, is

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Intentia Presents: An Action Plan for Building a Lean Supply Chain in the Apparel Industry
Lean supply chain management and lean sourcing strategies are relatively new to the apparel industry, generating more talk than broad implementation to date. In

lean initiative and lean improvement  Plan for Building a Lean Supply Chain in the Apparel Industry Lean supply chain management and lean sourcing strategies are relatively new to the apparel industry, generating more talk than broad implementation to date. In this the final paper of our “Lean Is Fashionable” thought leadership series, we define a lean supply chain action plan with five concrete steps for building a collaborative infrastructure between your company and other members of your supply network. These represent an eleven year Read More...
Sustained Growth and Profitability through Lean Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
While open innovation is a hot topic, capitalizing on opportunity requires a holistic strategy—not just increased collaboration. Companies must have repeatable,

lean initiative and lean improvement  Growth and Profitability through Lean Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) While open innovation is a hot topic, capitalizing on opportunity requires a holistic strategy—not just increased collaboration. Companies must have repeatable, compliant, and responsive business processes. These processes must be supplemented by a global information infrastructure that provides a single source of the truth, along with alignment across departmental silos, and solutions that evolve without coding. Read More...

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