Structured Problem Solving

Structured problem solving is an organized process that describes a set of steps that guide a user (or group) through the process of identifying, analyzing and resolving problems. By applying a set structure to the problem solving process, users increase the opportunity of a successful outcome. This is primarily achieved through the use of data … Read more

Value Stream Management

Value stream management is a methodology that uses various techniques and tools to map, assess and improve interconnected processes and systems.   Results of this approach help increase the efficiency and effectiveness of processes and drive higher value to the customer. Value Stream Management can be applied during various product lifecycle stages, including development, production and … Read more

Preventative Maintenance Checklist

A preventive maintenance checklist is a document that captures a collection of tasks that are expected to be undertaken to mitigate problems (such as machine breakdown) during normal operation. Their use ensures the following of a prescribed process and that preventative maintenance tasks are executed as required. They also provide a mechanism for recording that … Read more

Seven Basic Tools of Quality

The seven basic tools of quality, which are often associated with Dr Kaoru Ishikawa, are a set of quality control tools that can be used for problem-solving and continuous improvement. In this article, we’ll be looking at the seven basic tools of quality; we’ll be covering: What are the seven basic tools of quality The … Read more

Day by the hour board

A day by the hour board is a manufacturing tool that provides a visual representation of production progress, including aspects such as: Work that must be achieved during the day together with its status. Availability and capacity by the hour, machine or work centre. Issues and events that might require attention  A day by the … Read more

Operational Readiness

Operational Readiness is a condition that is gradually achieved through carrying out activities that result in the safe startup of process. Loss or non-conformance is higher during the shift in starting up a process, and, therefore, a structured and safe startup can reduce risk. In today’s article, we’ll be looking at operational readiness; we’ll be … Read more

5s workspace

As its name implies, a 5s workspace is constructed utilizing the 5s methodology. A 5s workspace is built on the premise that an organized, standardised and cleaner workplace is more effective, delivering improved levels of output with less waste.   5S is a methodology that can provide the tools to help you organize your workspace. It … Read more

Process of benchmarking

The process of benchmarking typically involves a series of steps which include: Setting an objective Identify Who/What you will benchmark against Gathering data Comparing data Identify drivers behind differences Establish an action plan to imbed beneficial changes Implement Monitor and repeat¬†¬† The goal of the benchmarking process is to evaluate the current status of something … Read more

Analytical Problem Solving

In this post, we’ll be looking at analytical problem-solving. We’ll take a look at what it is, what the critical skills are, and how you can develop them. We’ll also take a look at how analytical problem solving can help both your organization and your own career prospects.  The importance of Analytical Problem Solving I … Read more

Process Validation

It might seem an obvious thing to recognize, but most organizations strive to produce a product that meets it’s customers’ requirements (some you may be surprised to find out even try to excel them!) While this may seem self-evident (after all, who looks to provide bad products?), for many, meeting requirements equals compliance against regulations. … Read more