Posts by Terra L. Fletcher

Problem solving with Lean Green Belt training

As we have discussed in previous articles, Lean is all about eliminating eight kinds of waste, called TIMWOODS in Lean terminology. Green Belt training gives employees of The C.A. Lawton Co. an opportunity to further develop the company’s Lean culture, strengthen teamwork and leadership skills and learn about Lean tools that can help them eliminate…

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Two women reflect on working in the Lawton foundry

For much of its long history, the metalcasting industry has been dominated by men. This has also been the case at Lawton – until recently. Now we have two strong women working in the foundry. We recently sat down with them to learn about their remarkable experiences at Lawton. First, meet Dani. She is 21…

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The history of Lean – part 4

During the 20th century, the concept of Lean became a worldwide phenomenon from an unlikely source: a small Japanese loom manufacturer that would become one of the world’s most well-known and respected auto manufacturers: Toyota. Through the Toyota Production System (TPS), the Japanese automaker molded ideas for making improvements into the concept of lean. Toyota…

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The history of Lean – part 3

The 1900s were a pivotal time in the history of Lean. It was during this era that the Gilbreths introduced the idea of process analysis and process mapping. Frederick W. Taylor introduced the concept of scientific management to further streamline manufacturing processes. And Henry Ford built upon these ideas to mass produce affordable automobiles. Although…

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