To effectively perform a task, all items required for that task need to be assembled.  If the collection of these items is put off until the task has already started, many wastes may be realized before the task can be completed. Kitting and staging of items required to complete a task is an effective activity…

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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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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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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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Ca Lawton Remarkable People 1

Long-time employee, Mike talks about some of the changes he’s seen in his career with The C.A. Lawton Company. He highlights the fact that Lawton continuously improves. Today there is a greater focus on safety and quality, even since he started with the company. Today he says the organization is a well-oiled machine and is…

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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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