Poka-Yoke

The True Definition of Poka-Yoke Poka-yoke is a Japanese term which translates to mistake proofing. It can be any mechanism or device that helps an operator to avoid mistakes. It is important to note that poka-yoke is not a guarantee against sabotage. In the manufacturing industry, it’s used to eliminate product defect by removing errors as […]

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SIPOC

Introduction As adults, we have come to learn the importance of conciseness and brevity, especially the implication in a business setting. During a sales pitch or a seminar, people are only concerned with the cause of the problem and the crux of the solution. SIPOC is a tool which strictly adheres to this principle. What […]

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Cellular Manufacturing

Introduction If you initially believed that this term refers to how cell phones are being produced, don’t fret, you’re not alone. Be happy, because today, that notion will be dispelled. What is Cellular Manufacturing? Cellular manufacturing draws inspiration from just-in-time manufacturing and lean manufacturing and it was instituted to make as many similar products as […]

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Six Sigma

Introduction In conventional institutions of learning, there’s a certain yardstick used to measure the performance of students. If they perform above par, they move on to the next level, if they fail to meet up, they repeat the class. Very simple, right? This simple illustration will prove useful in our understanding of Six Sigma. Whаt […]

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Production Management VS Production Execution Systems

As a business owner, efficiency, profitability, and productivity are core priorities you want to achieve. To this end, it is expedient that you ensure seamless integration of digital processes so as to achieve your goals. One key benefit of these digital processes is the ability to eliminate monotonous paperwork. A survey revealed that almost 20% […]

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Takt Time

Introduction In Germany, Takt is likened to the baton which an orchestra conductor uses in order to regulate the tempo of his choir’s musical rendition. You might ask, “How does music relate to production processes?” Excellent question! Takt time draws inspiration from how the baton coordinates the singers and how it determines the rate at which they […]

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Traceability

Introduction Some words are inherently difficult to define. Not because they are technical jargons but because we’re so used to them and we never think of how to define them. For instance, try defining happiness without using the word happy. Tough, right? Traceability is one of such words. What is Traceability? Let’s break it down. It is […]

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Production Leveling

Introduction All things being equal, all things are not equal. There are unplanned disasters, inherent flaws, and a very high tendency to estimate wrongly. Should we fold our hands and allow these factors continue to cause loss to your business? No! That’s why you’re reading this article on how to level production. What is Production […]

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Lean Manufacturing

Introduction A research conducted by the Lean Enterprise Research Centre (LERC) revealed that approximately 60% of the activities devoted to production are extraneous (a good way to say it’s a waste). Why are people wasteful in the manufacturing process? Is it intentional? Can it be avoided? Perhaps, it will help if we consider what lean […]

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