July 9, 2020

AIAG Global Supply Chain Survey 2025

In early 2020, the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG), in partnership with Thomson Reuters, launched the third and final report in the Supply Chain 2025 survey initiative! Top trends analyzed in this final report include…

June 11, 2020

ISO 13053-1 Quantitative Methods in Process Improvement – Six Sigma

In case you missed it when first published back in 2011, this ISO standard provides an invaluable baseline for organisations launching six sigma or managing a mature six sigma programme. It provides a standard guide…

June 10, 2020

DMAIC Project Success Factors

When you hear about projects that save Fortune 500 companies millions, you might think operational excellence and continuous improvement programs guarantee success. Experienced practitioners tell a different story. The folks at Minitab surveyed nearly 200…

May 11, 2020

Tech tip: Design of Experiments in the kitchen

Believe DOE is just for engineers? Think again! Here’s how to bake that perfect biscuit. This is one you can run with your children or housemates. Be sure to let us know how you get on. Click…

May 8, 2020

The Role of Toyota Kata in Business Recovery

Kata is a Japanese word used in martial arts and it describes a series or precise choreographed movements that are practiced alone or in groups during training. Recovering from a business set-back is a key…

May 7, 2020

Design of Experiments Online Course: Starting 12th May 2020

Want to learn how to shave 6 weeks off your product development time? This is what one of our clients succeeded in doing following a Design of Experiments (DOE) workshop. First Polymer Training Skillnet are…

April 6, 2020

eLearning is the new normal

·         Keen to learn but day-long workshops don’t suit? ·         Our online courses are easy to join, easy to follow, and contain a variety of learning materials to suit all learning styles. Courses are facilitated…

March 11, 2020

Tech tip: Free Takt Time and OEE Calculator App

Want to take the hassle out of calculating Takt Time and OEE? This free iOS app will do it for you. Be careful – the GIGO (garbage in, garbage out) principle applies!

March 10, 2020

Toyota Powering Ahead in the Profits Race

In case you think lean is a nice programme to undertake to improve internal efficiencies, this report will convince you of the lean drive (boom! boom!) for customer satisfaction. In a softening automotive market Toyota’s…

March 9, 2020

Participate in your Local Regional Lean Network

The old Irish saying ‘Ní neart to chuir le chēile’, which translates to ‘There is no strength without cooperation’, is being embodied by the various lean networks established throughout Ireland. To see how you can…