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Introducing: People of the Plant Floor – A Video Series presented by Leading2Lean

February 7, 2017

Think about your morning routine. You probably hit snooze on your alarm clock a couple times before getting out of bed and heading to the kitchen to make coffee...

Four Manufacturing Technology Trends for 2017

January 4, 2017

In 2017, the manufacturing industry is dealing with trends of Cloud technology, the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, and a looming workforce labor gap. With emphasis on the...

Enabling a System as the Global Standard

December 1, 2016

By:  Keith Barr, CEO Leading2Lean …Often the focus is on business requirements and desire to have some decision support information, but when users don’t put the data into the...

Manufacturing Day 2016 – A Critical Industry To Our Success

October 7, 2016

When I first heard of Manufacturing Day (First Friday in Oct), I wondered who was really aware of, or doing anything to celebrate it.  But, as I’ve come to understand...

Podcast: Changing Culture

September 20, 2016

Listen in as we speak with Chad Williams from West Liberty Foods, about changing company culture and, in particular, how Chad’s experience in implementing new technology can significantly impact...

Podcast: IT Matters

August 18, 2016

In this podcast, Phil Anderson, Director of IT for Autoliv North America, joins us to discuss the vital role IT plays in implementing cloud-based software.  

Podcast: Metric Mania

August 18, 2016

We’re excited to introduce our podcast Leaning In, where we discuss all things involving lean manufacturing, lean maintenance, lean production, CMMS, MES, ERS and more. Check back frequently as...

How Manufacturing is outgrowing the ‘Maintenance’ Department

July 29, 2016

Written by Leading2Lean COO, Bob Argyle We hear a lot of talk about “Lean maintenance.” Here’s my question: Why does the “maintenance” department even exist? The term “maintenance” implies...

Leading2Lean Named One of the 20 Most Promising Manufacturing Tech Solution Providers of 2016 by CIOReview

June 28, 2016

The Cloud-Based Lean Manufacturing Solutions Provider Increases Profits and Improves Operational Capacity, As Well As Aligns Workplaces for Production Teams June 23, 2016 10:23 AM Eastern Daylight Time RENO,...

Checkout Leading2Lean’s new look on June 23rd!

June 12, 2016

Leading2Lean is proud to introduce a new look to our branding and user experience. The makeover reflects our growth and global adoption of our unique, real-time production-management solution. Check...

Why Manufacturing is Still Struggling for Millennial Talent?

June 9, 2016

Manufacturing’s struggle to find skilled workers for more than 600,000 vacant jobs runs deeper than improving education, training, or even physical environment; it’s people.  After these basic components are...

It’s Trade Show Season

April 8, 2016

This spring, Leading2Lean is staying active in the manufacturing world, driving conversation and building relationships at the following industry events:

Leading2Lean’s Kristen Muzzy Takes to the Air

April 1, 2016

The airwaves, that is.

Applying the Glue: Making Concepts Stick for Visual Learners

March 25, 2016

You’ve heard us say it, and we’ll say it again: achieving operational excellence requires employee engagement. You shouldn’t expect all of your employees to think the same way –...

How to Close the Loop – and 6 Reasons Why You Should

March 18, 2016

Recurring issues plague manufacturers. I’m sure you’ve run into plenty of situations in which you initiate actions to fix problems – you correct a scrap issue, or your engineering team...

Overcoming Company Politics to Achieve Lean Culture

March 11, 2016

Over the years, Leading2Lean has deployed our solution in many different kinds of factories. One of the biggest challenges we continually encounter is an internal resistance to visual systems that...

Leading2Lean: Builder of Visual Factories

March 4, 2016

We talk a lot about openness, honesty, and authenticity – these are our favorite traits in ourselves, and in the people we work with. We’ve learned from a very...

Team Unity with Visual Systems & The Internet of Things

February 26, 2016

This month on the Leading2Lean blog, we’ve been exploring how adopting a web-based API and linking production up with the Internet of Things (IoT) can significantly benefit your engineering,...

Your Continuous Improvement Team & The Internet of Things

February 19, 2016

Lean manufacturing and the Internet of Things are hand-in-hand leading the manufacturing industry into the future. Integrate your continuous improvement team with plant floor operations using the full capacity...

How Your IT Team Benefits from a Web Services API

February 12, 2016

The Turf War Manufacturing plant IT teams often perceive Leading2Lean and other outside cloud software teams as a bit of a threat. If the IT team isn’t bringing us...

How a Web-Based API Benefits Your Engineers

February 5, 2016

To fully understand the benefits that a web-based API (application program interface) will have for your engineering team, management first has to understand what it is your engineering team...

Next Generation QMS: A Full-Production System

January 29, 2016

The quality teams we work with at Leading2Lean understand that our Cloud-Based Quality Management System is part of a full-production system, not just a maintenance solution. An integral element...

All Talk and No Action – Why Your Current QMS Won’t Actually Work

January 22, 2016

The success of your entire QMS investment comes down to one moment: the moment something goes wrong. It’s easy enough to say that you’ve got a state-of-the-art quality system...

An In-Depth Look at Quality Management

January 15, 2016

Any company, at least within the manufacturing industry, has to have some kind of quality management system in place. Many use basic Excel spreadsheets or other cumbersome manual systems....

How the Right CMMS Can Lower Cost of Production

January 8, 2016

If our last blog caught your attention and you’re considering adopting a CMMS that’s designed for manufacturing, let us elaborate on why we think this is an excellent choice....

What’s Really the Best CMMS for You?

January 1, 2016

We get it – you don’t want to expose yourself to risk, but you want a system to manage production equipment effectively. You probably have a good idea about...

Using Transparency to Encourage Accountability and Reduce Costs

December 25, 2015

The presence of transparency, or lack thereof, immediately affects behavior. Picture this: you’re walking down the street one evening, and you stumble over a wallet lying on the sidewalk....

Driving Improvement in Operational Availability

December 18, 2015

Aligning your tech support workforce to production priorities is one step toward improving operational availability. Your next step? Link the work they do in the task to the key...

Enabling Your Tech Workforce for Efficiency

December 11, 2015

Align Your Teams Around Production Priorities What’s your bottom line? Efficiency on an individual level should naturally result in efficient and effective production, but it doesn’t always work out...

The Best Tool in the Tool Box

December 4, 2015

Technicians Want Tools & Time – Give Them Both Most of Leading2Lean’s customers have come to us because they want to replace their existing CMMS (regardless of what system...

Enable Your Workforce with Real-Time SAP Data

November 27, 2015

It’s important to remember that your business doesn’t run on data – it runs on people. It’s your job as a manager to take this real-time SAP data and...

Engaging Your Employees to Produce Accurate SAP Data

November 20, 2015

How do your employees feel about using SAP? Such a complex and significant system can be daunting and challenging, especially to employees with degrees and skill sets in, say,...

Extracting the Value of Your SAP Investment

November 16, 2015

Have you invested in SAP? If you have, you probably did so to help leverage your data. But how much of that value are you actually extracting? If you’ve...

Does Your SAP Data Reflect Plant Floor Truth?

November 6, 2015

To make real change, you have to start by asking the hard-hitting questions – like this one – and answer them honestly. Does your SAP data reflect what’s happening...

How to Reach Your Quality Containment Goals… Now

October 30, 2015

Everyone has quality containment goals. Quality teams were created to work day and night in order to reduce defects that may occur on your plant floor. Whether it’s making...

The Importance of Quality Management

October 26, 2015

Quality costs us all. Improving our lives with more reliable products, safer consumer goods, user-friendly designs, and greater customer satisfaction are also the responsibilities that lie and the heart...

Quality and Maintenance Management: Chuck Eddy’s Story

October 20, 2015

“More often than not, downtimes go unexplained.” Sound familiar? For Chuck Eddy, a Maintenance Supervisor at Autoliv for over 25 years, that was the reality he faced every day...

Are you Sustaining a Culture of Continuous Improvement?

August 26, 2015

“A bad system will defeat a good person every time.” W. Edwards Deming Almost without fail, individuals whose companies have worked hard and achieved improvement ask, “How do we...

Message from the CEO – July 2015

July 29, 2015

 Spring Customer Conference On June 10th about 30 people from 7 companies came together for 3 days in Ogden, Utah for our Spring Customer Conference.  The intent was to share...

A Note from the CEO

June 25, 2015

It seems every day when you turn on the news, read the paper or your favorite online news source there is a story on Cyber Crime. No one seems...

What’s Required To Sustain Continuous Improvement?

April 23, 2015

The achievement of operational excellence and creating a continuous improvement culture has been much discussed in print and presentations as of late. My favorite question posed is always “how...

The Power of Engaged Employees

March 23, 2015

“Engaged employees” is a bit of a buzzword in the manufacturing world – or any business setting for that matter – but for good reason. Yet while it’s something...

4 Reasons Why Lean Consultants Aren’t the Answer

February 25, 2015

It’s a very acceptable practice today to hire consultants, because you feel they should know how to influence or change an organization – after all, the need for change...

A Leading2Lean Success Story: Bryan Crowell

January 5, 2015

When Bryan Crowell was working at AutoLiv, Toyota’s largest non-Japanese airbag supplier, he encountered a problem: with 600 machines in the factory, there was no formal way to collect...

Manual vs. Technology in Lean: Why do we Still Have Our “Heads in History?”

December 11, 2014

When it comes to the manual vs. technology debate, it seems many of us have our “heads in history,” shall we say. As a species, we’re trend people, making...

Why you Need Visibility to Abnormalities

October 22, 2014

Toyota Production System sensei emphasize we must know current conditions as the starting point for achieving improvement. The key element here is knowing abnormal from normal. This seems simple...

Getting the Plant Floor to Embrace CMMS as a Tool and Not a Task

August 28, 2014

What’s the difference between a task and a tool? The value you get from it, personally.  Often, added tasks provide little to no value unless they’re directly related to...

Celebrating Wins:Recognizing Employee Achievement to Produce Sustainable Results

July 3, 2014

In the business world, it’s easy to forget to recognize employees for the hard work they put in. Even when you do award achievement, some employees may not even...

Engaging Floor Teams by Quantifying Improvements

June 20, 2014

We’ve talked a lot about engaging employees with leadership, truth, and communication, but how can simply quantifying the improvements engage them even more? Have you ever spent the entire...

Managing with Influence by Surfacing Truth

May 9, 2014

The question of how much influence our peers have on us is not a new one, and is frequently debated. There are many psychologists such as Judith Rich Harris...

Aligning Behaviors to Strategic Objectives Through Policy Deployment

March 26, 2014

Management needs a plan.  As leader/managers, we’re all expected to outline how we’re going to deliver on key objectives as it relates to our scope of responsibility.  The better...

4 Reasons Why Closing Gaps in Leadership Isn’t Always Enough

February 26, 2014

Closing gaps in leadership is always a priority for plant managers. However doing so is more easily said than done. There is a misperception that it will be the...

The Power of Aligning Self-Interests

January 29, 2014

“What’s in it for me?” The fact is, people don’t like to do things that don’t benefit them, and the world on the manufacturing floor is no exception.  Managers...

Loyalty vs. Value

January 9, 2014

Your dog is usually pretty loyal, right?  But does he/she add value to your life?  Most of us would say when we choose to have a dog in the...

Harvard Business Review – Executives Ignore Valuable Employee Actions that They Can’t Measure

December 18, 2013

Manufacturers are flush with metrics, we see them every place and most feel they’re the panacea to getting employee engagement. The reality is quite different and much of what...

How to Make a Decision Support System Work for You

December 18, 2013

Decision Support Systems (DSS) are computerized information systems used in lean manufacturing that compile information from data within the plant to assist businesses in organizational decision-making.   It normally leverages...

Applying the Glue: Making Concepts Stick for Visual Learners in a Lean Environment

November 21, 2013

We know that achieving operational excellence requires employee engagement.  This doesn’t mean having them all think the same way, for each brain brings unique value and that’s what we...

Closing the Loop: What it is, and 6 Reasons to Use it

October 30, 2013

Recurring issues plague manufacturers.  I’m sure you’ve run into plenty of situations where you initiate actions to fix problems such as correcting a scrap issue or your engineering team...

Creating a Visual Factory

September 25, 2013

I think it is safe to say we tend to like people who are open, honest, and authentic. We have learned from a very young age that “secrets don’t...

How to Achieve Operational Excellence Through Employee Engagement

August 28, 2013

Every business strives for operational excellence. It is the goal all businesses have, and the goal most businesses struggle with.  The myth is that there is one simple answer,...

Shingo Conference in Provo, UT May 6-10

April 11, 2013

Join us at booth 14 just inside the conference exhibit area main door. This is a great conference and opportunity to leverage the experience of others who’ve lived through one...

Are There Knowledge Workers in Your Plant?

April 10, 2013

Who really knows what’s really happening on the plant floor?  I regularly hear plant managers say that they feel there are huge gaps between what is planned versus what...

Lean Benchmarking with Autoliv

March 27, 2013

Autoliv’s Lean journey started with an intimate relationship with Toyota as one of their key customers.  The guidance and hands-on education of Toyota Sensei in the Toyota Production System...

Company Politics – An Obstacle to Lean Culture

January 14, 2013

Over the years we’ve deployed our solution in all sorts of factories.  One of the biggest challenges we continually run up against is the resistance to make things more...

You Want Me to Use What?

January 14, 2013

I’ve been on both sides on this issue, both as a business unit leader and as a senior IT professional.  We’re often asked to make use of an application...

Real Value in Cloud Based Solutions

December 31, 2012

I read a recent post from Managing Automation that expressed some concern about manufacturing companies moving to cloud computing (SaaS) and how adoption suggests this segment may not be...