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The Eight Kinds of Waste and How to Eliminate Them - Part I

This is the first of a two-part series on the Lean definition of waste. Stay tuned for the second part in next month’s Tooling Times.

Lean is a time-tested method for creating optimal efficiency in almost any organization, and it is extremely effective and popular in the manufacturing industry. The minimization of waste is one of the key components of Lean.

It’s easy to recognize waste when you think of unused scrap or parts left over from the manufacturing process. They might be piled in a heap, taking up valuable space on the shop floor; the material will go unused, and the money spent on it will also be lost. This type of production waste isn’t hard to identify.

But what about other, less obvious kinds of waste?  Like the waste of time and capacity that happens when you’ve finished one process and are waiting to begin another? Or the waste of movement that happens when you repeatedly find a tool out of easy reach and have to walk across the room to grab it? Or the waste of untapped human skill that could be put to valuable use? One of Lean’s greatest benefits is that it assists us in identifying – and eliminating-- waste in the forms and places that we often don’t think to look.

In Lean, there are eight forms of waste:

1. Overproduction – Often considered the worst of all wastes because it creates conditions for other kinds of waste, overproduction is making too much or producing too quickly for customer demand. 

SolutionProduce only what is needed by the customer, and only as much as you have the capacity to process downstream.  Stacks of inventory waiting in queue is a sign of overproduction waste. Focus on “pull” rather than..


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Wilson Tool Opens Doors for Manufacturing Day 2014

For the third year in a row, we will hold an open house at our White Bear Lake, MN plant as part of the nationwide celebration 

of Manufacturing Day, an event that seeks to highlight the world of modern manufacturing.

Last year, our eventbrought over 100 community members, including students, teachers, local public officials and local community members to our headquarters for plant tours, machine demonstrations, discussions and refreshments. The event was both educational for the community and celebratory of the achievements of the American manufacturing industry.

Nationwide, MFG Day seeks to increase awareness of the manufacturing industry and interest in manufacturing careers.  Specifically, it spreads the word that modern manufacturing is a world of technology, engineering and skilled work.

This year, Manufacturing Day is estimated to involve over 1,500 events around the US. If you are interested in attending a Manufacturing Day event, or in hosting an event at your plant, you can find out how on the MFG Day website.

Register for Wilson Tool's MFG Day Open House

Watch the MFG Day video below for an overview of the event.

Upcoming Events & Webinars

Webinar: Is the SmartMark® Printer Right For You?
August 27, 2014 @ 1 PM CDT

Fabrication Forum
September 10, 2014 - White Bear Lake, MN

National Manufacturing Day Open House
October 3, 2014 - White Bear Lake, MN

November 11-13, 2014 - Atlanta, GA

Faces of Wilson Tool

Kirsten Hargreaves

Punch Press Sales Desk

Years at Wilson Tool: I started in 1996 and then again in 2001 for a total of over 16 years of employment

What is your favorite aspect of your job?

The benefits, the challenges, the people (not necessarily in that order).

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Being active and learning, outside, in my community, with and for others. (not necessarily in that order)

What is something that people would be surprised to learn about you?

I worked on a farm, met the Captain and Tenille, and I’m not a “social media” fan. (not necessarily in that order)

If you had to eat only one food item for the rest of your life, what would it be?


Where is the most interesting place you have been?  Why?

Normandy, France;  Athens, Greece; Hiroshima, Japan; Ephesus, Turkey; and Camden, New Jersey (Not necessarily in that order). Great examples of the highs and lows of humanity.

Find out if SmartMark® is Right for You.

Our latest webinar takes a close look at Wilson Tool’s latest innovation, the SmartMark printer. SmartMark is the first inkjet printer that fits inside the C-station of most thick turret machines. Our webcast will dive into details of this new solution to help you evaluate whether this is the right part marking tool for your shop.


Is the SmartMark® Printer Right for You?

Date: August 27, 2014

Time: 1:00 PM CDT (Chicago, USA Time)

This webinar is a part of Wilson Tool’s ongoing free webinar series, which delivers expert solutions to common sheet metal challenges in a convenient online format.  For more useful production secrets, find our library of downloadable webinars here.

Last Fabrication Forum of 2014...Don't Miss Out!

Join us for a FREE forum providing expert solutions for today's toughest fabrication challenges.

Exacta Adjustable V Die for Bending Thick Plate

Exacta Adjustable V dies are a great solution when bending thick materials and you need the flexibility to adjust the width of the V opening. Instead of buying several dies with different V openings, Exacta Adjustable V dies allow you to simply adjust the width, rather than changing out the die. 

Available V opening range from 1 to 18 inches and can be adjusted in 1-inch increments. Adjustable V dies are capable of withstanding tonnage of up to 200 tons per foot. Induction hardened and hard chrome rollers help reduce required tonnage by as much as 20%.


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