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The Importance of Gemba Walks


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Our team has instituted regular gemba walks to the production floor. The purpose of the walk is to identify waste, safety hazards, and other areas that need improvement. We are teaching line-level supervisors and operators to see the opportunities, and we are empowering them to reduce waste and improve the work environment.

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A Lean Process: P.D.C.A.


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Most of us do lots of planning and doing. It feels good to set a plan and execute it, check off all the boxes, dust our hands and say “What’s next?” I believe what separates great companies from good ones is going back to check on progress and results, and making adjustments where necessary. Let’s use an example from our management team this year. Learn about the process that we have adopted at The BoxMaker and how it can benefit your operations in our latest Lean Blog.

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6S: The Foundation of Lean Manufacturing


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In lean, our favorite question is “Why?” “Why?” leads you to root cause, and fixing root cause prevents recurrence of problems. For many common manufacturing challenges such as long setup times, unplanned downtime, and deadly waste, the answer is “6S.” 6S is the methodology we use to ensure that we have a place for everything,

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What is Waste?


All manufacturing environments face a common enemy: waste.

Learning to recognize waste is the first critical step to reducing and eliminating it from your value streams. Waste has many forms, some of which may be surprising. The BoxMaker teaches the following method of identifying the “8 Deadly Wastes of Manufacturing,” using the acronym DOWNTIME.

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Our Lean Vision


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The BoxMaker, Inc. celebrates 35 years in business this year, and the passion for excellence is as alive as ever! Our vision is to be nothing less than world class in all aspects, with emphasis and priority on client experience and operational excellence. Our operational goals for 2016 are few in number, but will have

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