Heinrich Pyramids

Why choose Heinrich Pyramids?

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With our years of experience, we have gyrated through several visual metric communication devices. All of them serve one purpose in communicating, but only one metric at one time. It could be a number where last tripped day is annotated, it could be a visual metric where a different color represents the record for that particular day. This is usually …

six sigma continuous improvement program

Lean, Six Sigma and 5 benefits of investing in a Continuous Improvement program

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Waste shows a lack of quality in manufacturing, and also an increased cost associated with the production of an item. Therefore, when waste is minimized, quality is optimized and the cost is reduced. Waste is often a necessary consequence of deviating from tested standards and also the product of adopting poor systems and substandard operating procedures. There are two improvement …

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Standardization in 2017 Manufacturing

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There is a lingering argument in many manufacturing companies about standardization. Some say it is just an added activity where there is no concrete benefit. Some say it is just a waste of time and requires more effort to implement. Though this might be true in some ways, people who believe this notion is either not accepting the effectiveness of …

Lean tools

24 Essential Lean Tools

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EXPLORING LEAN Thеrе аrе a lоt of great іdеаѕ tо explore in lean. Sо whеrе ѕhоuld you bеgіn? Onе way tо start іѕ tо ѕurvеу thе most important lean tооlѕ, wіth a brіеf dеѕсrірtіоn аnd ѕhоrt еxрlаnаtіоn оf how each tool саn improve your manufacturing ореrаtіоnѕ. If a tооl captures your interest or resonates wіth you іn ѕоmе wау – …

Toyota production system

A short summary of the Toyota Production System

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The innovative Toyota Production System (TPS) is often given credit for making Toyota the company it is today – a leader in the automotive manufacturing and production industry. Working intelligently to minimize waste and inventory are the key components behind it – but understanding why and how to reduce them is just as important if you’re trying to implement the …

Lean Visual Management – What is it and how to get your toe in the door

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Lean management is an approach to running an enterprise that implements the concept of constant improvement. It is a long-term approach to work that systematically seeks and achieves small progressive changes in the work process in order to improve efficiency and quality. Incorporating a visual representation into the lean system brings the program to life as it follows the first …

Simplification in the Workplace

The Importance of Simplification in the Workplace

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In a fast-paced working environment, any kind of process improvement can help minimize defects as well as increase productivity. It is all the more desirable for institutions that are operating 24 hours a day. Studies have shown that 7 out of 10 organizations consider simplifying work is essential for their departments. Unfortunately, though, only a very small percentage are actually …


Death to the SQDC Whiteboard

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When I joined the manufacturing community over 20 years ago, technology in manufacturing was just starting to progress.  CNC was moving along and slowly other items were moving into a digital environment. Work instructions, deviations, drawings, order handling, billing – all were being moved to a rapidly progressing digital lifestyle.  But yet, there remains very manual processes that still exist.  …


SQDC (QCDMS) boards

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Our vision is to streamline communication and get to the heart of the issue…quickly. In our current day, the value proposition in speed of communication is too large to ignore. We were born in the American heavy machining industry where the standard for issue communication and resolution on SQDC (or QCDMS) boards are based in 1930’s conversation techniques with a …

Our First Post

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So much has happened to get to this point in posting for the very first time.  In all reality, this post has been 20 years in the making.  My name is Tom Becker and I am the founder and owner of Bulwark Acquisition.  Before attempting to articulate what the future looks like for our company, let me rewind to the …