Lean Manufacturing

fOS Part II - Whats Planning Got to Do With It? The Manufacturer's Paradox

fOS Part II: Planning & Procurement Analysis
I'll begin this post by sharing my top 5 quotes about planning:

5. "If you don't know where you're going, you'll end up someplace else" - Yogi Berra

4. "Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone else planted a tree a long time ago" - Warren Buffet

3. "The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining" - John F. Kennedy

2. "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail" - Benjamin Franklin

Why American Companies Struggle with Lean Implementations

Its no secret that American companies have had their share of fits and stalls with the implementation of Lean Manufacturing. Why is it that some companies are able to generate so much steam and momentum with their Lean efforts while some can’t even create the slightest inertia? As a Manufacturing Efficiency expert, I’ve had the privilege to lead several Lean implementations myself and support clients who were in desperate need of a Lean initiative. Here are some of my key observations for why American companies struggle to implement Lean:

fOS Part I – A Roadmap to World Class Manufacturing Execution

This is Part I of a five part series of posts meant to shape the framework of the fOS Methodology and philosophy. fOS is an acronym for Facility Operating System and is proprietary methodology developed by myself for Manuficient Consulting. The goal of the fOS Methodology is to provide a factory with a roadmap to World Class Execution, which I regard as at least 85% OEE.