I made this awesome lean improvement to my kitchen weeks ago and it is still my absolute favorite! Pots and pans buried in cabinets suck, in my opinion. So in this video I show what I came up with to remove the struggle, and eliminate motion, waiting, and inventory.
I had a funny experience a while back that illustrates a few lean principles like respect for people and the value of a 3S’ed or 5S’ed workplace. I was spending some time with one of our more experienced production operators. She was very skilled and good-intentioned. I was going about my work and talking with this employee when she shared something I didn’t expect.
“Did you know how dull and beat up our tools are?” she asked me.
“No, I didn’t know that,” I said.
“Oh yeah. You have to search hard sometimes for the good ones. And when you find one you don’t want to lose it. Sometimes I even hide it so I don’t have to struggle with a dull one.”
I was shocked! And I laughed… (I confess). It was just so ironic to me to find out that good employees hide good tools from other employees just so they don’t have to struggle with dull equipment! [Read more…] about We Found Where Your Missing Tools May Be (And It’s Not Where You Think)
Use straighten from lean 5S to make sure you never lose a tool again. By making a place for everything, and placing everything in its place you’ll never have a homeless tool again. Boost your sanity and end the frustration of searching for missing tools!