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Gary Conner

The Primary Forms of Waste (And How To Eliminate Them)

Nearly fifty years ago, Shigeo Shingo (Toyota Motor Works Engineer) identified what he called the ‘primary forms of waste’. These forms of waste are nearly universally discoverable in every manufacturing environment. The best definition of lean might be: “A systematic...

Avoiding Lean Fatigue

"Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it." - Winston Churchill There are repeating patterns throughout history, in Nature, in Economics, in International Relations, and yes, in business. One of the patterns that I have been studying is that of level of...

A Practical Guide to PQR Analysis

What Is PQR? PQR stands for Product, Quantity and Routing. PQR analysis is a way of answering the questions: What do you make? How many do you make? What processes are required to make it? In Thinking Lean, everything is related to takt time (pace).  To calculate the...

Manufacturing Learning Experience for Students

 McMinnville Economic Development Partnership and McMinnville Works co-sponsored a half day learning experience for local college students (Interns) on Wednesday July 27th at the Evergreen Aerospace Museum.  Students spent the day learning and applying Operational...

PQR Analysis

Identifying a common measurement A major concern for most job shops has been to identify a common unit of measure that everyone can understand and that allows the application of “Takt Time” (a mathematical equation that allows you to set and maintain a manufacturing...

Different people, different perspectives on lean

Different people, different perspectives on lean

Originally published in THE FABRICATOR® MAY 2015  By: Charlie Hopewell, Dave Davidson, Gary Conner Employees and managers experience a lean transformation in vastly different ways. Understanding these viewpoints can help change a company culture to one that embraces...