Understanding ISO 14001

Companies concerned about the environment are no doubt, already acting on sound and responsible environmental practices. An ISO 14001 project can formalize these practices into a more manageable framework. So you may wonder: What is ISO 14001? How does ISO 14001 relate to your company’s policy and objectives, and integrate with the current business system? … Read more

Change the status quo with setup reduction

Reducing the time required to change over from one processing operation to another. Reducing lead times and lot sizes requires a fundamental shift in how a company looks at setup, which is the time required to change over from one processing operation to another. The traditional view has been that the time it takes to … Read more

How Lean can help with machine breakdowns

Lean Manufacturing

With lean manufacturing machine downtime becomes an intolerable situation, requiring a different approach to maintenance. The common focus is changed from fixing breakdowns to preventing them. We use a process to help companies achieve this by transferring and sharing skills between the machine operator and maintenance people. Since operators are the closest to the machines, … Read more

Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma

In this article from the February 2004 issue of the Wire Journal International, Mark Marselli interviews Doug Anton on the topic of Lean Manufacturing/Six Sigma. Click here to view the full PDF version. WAI Lean Manufacturing / SIx Sigma article