NWLEAN. The Northwest Lean Networks (NWLEAN) is an organization established to assist companies develop and implement Lean Production Systems. NWLEAN assists in understanding production systems, designing lean systems, and assuring successful lean implementations. As a member of NWLEAN, you can expect to receive no more than 8 (usually less) emails per day, which speak to the specifics of lean implementations in a wide variety of industrial settings (manuacturing, production, assembly, maintenance, services), most of which you can manage online by using the DAILY DIGEST or NO EMAIL options. Other messages are sent directly to the group (usually less than one per month) as special notices. Members of NWLEAN agree that these messages are not SPAM, and they are controlled by the NWLEAN Coordinator. In order to protect the privacy of our members, all messages sent to the listserv become the sole property of The Northwest Lean Networks (NWLEAN), and may not be copied or distributed (in any form) without the express written permission of NWLEAN. For more information on how leaning your business can lead to better profitability, visit the NWLEAN website at http://www.nwlean.net/. To become a member in this group, visit http://www.nwlean.net/join.htm, fill out a CONFIDENTIAL PROFILE, and join the WORLD'S LARGEST, LONGEST RUNNING, and MOST SUCCESSFUL LEAN DISCUSSION ON THE PLANET! For a FREE set of tools to use in your lean implementation, visit http://www.nwlean.net/download.htm.
gateway2lean. To provide an exchange of ideas and practical approaches used by the members to achieve lean processes.
i_lean. The International Lean
Association (ILA) is a group of professionals using the Continuous
Process Improvement (CPI) method of Lean to improve the operating results of
their organizations. There are members from Australia, Belgium, Canada, El
Salvador, England, France, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New
Zealand, Portugal, Turkey, and the United States. For a membership
application, please e-mail me at
or you can visit our web site at
www.i-lean-a.com. This grassroots organization will provide the
opportunity to highlight your Lean successes and share Lean information with
others. Lessons learned, both the good and the bad, can often be quite
valuable. Don't take your Lean journey alone. Join others who are facing the
same challenges and opportunities.
Office Lean now posts Lean and quality job openings for members and their companies. You can find them in the Files section in the Lean Jobs folder. If you have a position opening and would like to post it here, please e-mail me at ILAPresident@netcommander.com. A companion site that you might find interesting and entertaining is Little Lessons Along The Way To Lean. An editor of a respected magazine (we won't name it, but it ends in ...week) had this to say about Little Lean Lessons:
"Lean and Mayberry and everything else. Nice relief from the sanctimoniousness of some of the zealots and utter serious of business these days. Keep on plugging away."
jslean. Inspired by the successes of automotive assembly plants and their Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers, manufacturers in the high-variety low-volume (HVLV) sectors of industry, such as vertically integrated factories (army munitions, shipbuilding, jet engine), Make-To-Order and Engineer-To-Order manufacturers of assemblies (furniture, security cabinets, cranes, tractors), remanufacturers, repair and maintenance facilities, jobshops (machining, welding fabrication, stamping, diecasting), are eager to implement the much-publicized ASSEMBLY LINE LEAN. However, the majority of projects to implement Lean Manufacturing in manufacturing facilities with a high product mix stumble on a variety of obstacles, primarily due to their diverse product mix with many dissimilar routings. While some of the standard elements of "Lean Thinking", such as 5S, Setup Reduction and Quality At Source, may apply to these custom manufacturing facilities, there is URGENT need for new concepts, approaches and tools suited specifically to the high-variety low-volume manufacturing facilities. This group welcomes any and all individuals desirous of participating in this collective effort to create a resource center for "JOBSHOP LEAN"!
SupplyChainManagement. The Supply Chain Management Group is dedicated to all people who are interested in Suppply Chain Management. The Objective is to build a strong online community where we can share information, resources, and ideas. Welcome to join us!
Mark Graban's Lean Manufacturing Blog. This is a weblog, or "blog," run as a hobby by a lean manufacturing professional for the purpose of presenting news articles and book reviews on the following topics:
The Toyota Production System
Lean Manufacturing (a.k.a. Lean Production or Lean Enterprise)
Other improvement methodologies.
The blogger also hopes that the site will prompt
discussion, through blog "comments" that readers can leave, and learning
among lean manufacturing practitioners and students.