For more than two decades, Printing Industries of America has been helping the printing industry apply Lean Manufacturing concepts, total production maintenance, statistical process control, total quality management, and other quality approaches. Here are a few of the articles that we’ve published or have been associated with the Continuous Improvement Conference.
Six Keys for Lean Managers by Bruce Hamilton. Company executives and managers dictate how fast their printing companies can improve. According to Bruce Hamilton, president of GBMP and a former manufacturing executive whose company received the Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence, there are six specific steps that company executives and managers can take to speed the pace of their company’s improvement.
Why Improvement Efforts Fail by John Compton
Seeing the Hidden Plant: Hunting for Waste! by Ken Rizzo
Reduce Makeready Time with Kaizen by Jim Watson
How Lean Is Print? by David Dodd, Ken Rizzo, and Jim Workman
The Printer’s Hidden Factory of Waste by Ken Rizzo
5-S for Printers by Ken Rizzo
The Real Reasons Why Printers Should Consider Developing Management Systems by Kristine King and Chris Illa
The Value of Vision by Gwendolyn Galsworth
Read a Plant – Fast by R. Eugene Goodson. .
2010 Continuous Improvement Conference--Lessons Learned. Brief summaries of case studies presented at the 2010 CI Conference.
Jump Start Continuous Improvement in Your Printing Operation by Printing Industries of America Staff.
Lean Assessment Tool
Lean Manufacturing Assessment Tool. This tool allows a quick assessment of your company's progress in implementing Lean strategies and tools. It was developed by Printing Industries of America based on Iwao Kobayashi's 20 Keys to Workplace Improvement. At the 2012 conference, you'll also have the opportunity to gauge your progress against the many companies in attendance.
Published on Thursday, December 23, 2010 (updated 09/27/2012)