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Business Transformation
December 18, 2017

5 Ways to Reduce Your Manufacturing Inventory Costs

Do you feel constant pressure to reduce manufacturing inventory costs? You’re not alone!  On one hand, if you don’t have enough of the right inventory on hand when it’s needed,…

October 20, 2017

Bridging the Gap Between Current Processes & Future State Lean Models

When we work with clients to implement lean manufacturing principles, we typically use a software tool called LeanCONNECT (formerly called Areteium). With this tool, we can use existing manufacturing production…

October 2, 2017

5 Ways to Increase Quality Without Increasing Production Cost

Razor thin margins leave little room for production errors. Because product recalls and customer refunds are so expensive, you want to be able to consistently deliver quality products, but without…

September 20, 2017

When Lean Manufacturing isn’t Worth the Effort

As a company who has been doing manufacturing ERP implementations and has been evangelizing lean manufacturing principles for a long time, we believe in lean principles, and believe they can…

August 28, 2017

Life After Moving to a Modern ERP System

Anytime you switch out your ERP system, you can expect a certain amount of grumbling. Change doesn’t come easy to most people! But if you are moving off an older…

August 24, 2017

Starting your Lean Manufacturing Journey

Every journey begins with a first step. And the first step is deciding, “Where do I want to go?” Lean Manufacturing is a process that is designed to take your…

Business Transformation
January 24, 2017

Value Stream Mapping: Do your materials move by magic?

Does your lean manufacturing value stream map include movement of materials between processes? Value stream mapping is one of the most common and powerful tools used in lean manufacturing ….

December 9, 2016

Getting to the Aha Moment Faster

The Way Things Work Around Here Most manufacturing employees are comfortable in their routines. They are used to what they do and have become as productive as they can with…

September 28, 2016

Lean Production Scheduling in Dynamics AX

]Let’s look in some detail at production scheduling for lean manufacturing in Dynamics AX.  If you haven’t read my blog series on production scheduling supporting lean principles, I encourage you…

August 31, 2016

Production Scheduling – Level the Volume

This post is part of our series discussing the 7 lean manufacturing guidelines. In this post we’ll discuss supermarkets as a way to design a lean future state. Post 1:…

Business Transformation
July 26, 2016

Production Scheduling – Supermarkets and Pull

This post is part of our series discussing the 7 lean manufacturing guidelines. In this post we’ll discuss supermarkets as a way to design a lean future state. Post 1:…

July 14, 2016

Production Scheduling – Building to Takt

This is the second post in our series discussing the 7 lean manufacturing guidelines. The first guideline is to design a lean future state by producing to your takt time….

July 12, 2016

Production Scheduling – 7 Lean Principles

The other day I came across an early version of the Lean Enterprise Institute’s “Learning to See” workshop from 1999. The workshop listed seven guidelines for the design of a…

July 6, 2016


Why is it that every time I am out with customers I end up with something new to blog about? Probably because I am insanely curious about each customer as…

March 30, 2016

Configurators: NPI Every Time All the Time

Maybe it’s because we specialize in high mix manufacturing or maybe there are just more of them out there but we are increasingly working with companies with highly configurable products…

July 6, 2015

Lean Physician Heal Thyself

I was struck by an excellent blog post on The Lean Post by Richard Sheridan, founder of Menlo Innovations, a software company using lean principles for software development. Richard makes…

October 24, 2014

AXUG and Beyond with Technology for Lean

Phil Coy @leaniac Managing Director of Strategic ServicesLast week’s AXUG Summit in St. Louis was a great opportunity to check in on the state of lean in the Dynamics AX…

September 22, 2014

When Lean Needs a Technology Assist

Phil Coy @leaniac Managing Director of Strategic ServicesLean is often portrayed as “common sense” for manufacturing. Indeed, lean tools emphasize simple visual practices that are easy to learn and easy…

July 7, 2014

Lean Beyond the Checklist

Phil Coy @leaniacManaging Director of Strategic ServicesLet’s face it, ERP products are massive affairs. They have to be in order to support the breadth of functions across an enterprise and…