Wednesday, November 28, 2007

We have moved

A new blog, "Lean Tool & Die," has taken over the activities of this blog. Please click to enter the new blog: Lean Tool & Die

Thank you,
Gary Gathen, Moderator

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Topic For Discussion

What has your experience been with Dashboards and Metrics?

I recall in the 80's that Quality Circles and measurement charts were the rage. I'm not unique in observing that a number of the measurements were easy to measure but not particularly significant.

How do you pick a metric to post and track?

(Here is a chance to use the comments.)

Similar post on the Human Side of LEAN blog.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Some progress in 2005

Some of the efforts over the last 12 months:

  • We have done considerable work on developing a lean tool and die making process -- in the form of value stream maps of the die design process.
  • We are now working on a lean die configuration, i.e., eliminating design and build labor content wherever possible and reducing material and work sublet costs.
  • We will return to the die build portion of the business after we make progress on the lean die.
  • We are looking for additional active members in the stamping and die making industry to help share our workload.

From a note by Gary Gathen

Monday, January 16, 2006

Initial Post

Initial post. The Lean Tool & Die Technical Group meets once a month by conference call. Usually on the first Tuesday of the month, around 1:30pm Eastern time.