An organization is like a machine and its departments are like the cogs that make it run. In order to function effectively, it requires proper tools and maintenance. At The C.A. Lawton Co., departmental 6S audits are one of the Lean tools we use to maintain continuous improvement. It enables us to operate like a…

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At the core of both sustainability and Lean is the concept of waste reduction. Lean focuses on reducing process waste. Sustainability focuses on reducing environmental waste. By acknowledging the similarities between these two frameworks, we open new doors for how organizations can integrate both Lean and sustainability into the workplace.  In order to successfully employ…

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Lean history fun facts

The Lean mindset drives everything we do at Lawton and keeps us improving to better serve our customers. That’s why we’ve been exploring its roots in this article series. Now that you understand how Lean has evolved during the last seven centuries, it’s time to take a closer look at some little-known but fun facts…

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In 1898, only 19 years after The C.A. Lawton Co. was founded, George Eastman of Eastman Kodak created the first known corporate suggestion system. It was focused on saving the company money. Kodak employees responded by turning in good ideas for years to come, helping the company to thrive for many years. The Japanese studied…

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Lawton Contract Reviews

Continuous improvement affects every part of our operations at The C.A. Lawton Co. – not just manufacturing, but front office processes, too. An excellent example is the contract review process that helps our company achieve remarkable results for our customers. The contract review is an interdepartmental review of each order to ensure all details are…

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Lawton Kaizen Change

Kaizen is a Japanese expression meaning “change for better” or continuous improvement – whatever you are doing, you can do it better. Here at The C.A. Lawton Co., we strive for continuous improvement every day. Through kaizen, it is achieved. The first part of the word, kai, means “to break apart,” and zen means “to…

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Shipping First Class Treatment

The shipping department is often one of the unsung heroes in many manufacturing companies. It performs a critically important job: Preparation of the products whose next inspector is our customer.  They are asked to get these products delivered cost effectively, without damage. Recently, the casting prep and shipping departments of The C.A. Lawton Co. were…

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Lawton Transformational Playbook

Like a professional football team’s playbook, an organization that is committed to continuous improvement (CI) needs a visual game plan that gets and keeps everyone pulling in the same direction. At The C.A. Lawton Co., that playbook is the transformation calendar.  It’s a key tool the company uses to manage its commitment to continuous improvement…

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Lawton ISO QUALITY

By Steve Perks When you make a commitment to LEAN and organizational excellence, your work is never “done.” To satisfy customer needs, the C.A. Lawton team must continually improve our processes. That’s why we decided to transition from ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015 in 2017. We achieved compliance on February 5, 2018. What does this…

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LEAN Castings Culture

Several years ago, C.A. Lawton faced a significant challenge: Become dramatically more capable to meet customers’ rising expectations for quality and speed, or begin a slow slide into irrelevance. Its solution? Make a complete commitment to LEAN, a methodology that emphasizes simplifying and accelerating work processes while simultaneously improving product quality. It’s very fundamental –…

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