Entries by Mike Karle

Process Improvement – the Essence of Lean

Lean is a philosophy to continuously identify and eliminate waste within an organisation, where waste is defined as any activity that does not, from the customer’s perspective, add value. Fundamentally the Lean Philosophy is about continuous process improvement to create a business system that optimally responds to customer demand.As is shown in figure 1 below, […]

Checklist to Avoid Future Disasters

Friday, 29 October 2010 09:37 | Written by Mike Karle In September 1999 the Industrial Hygiene & Safety News published an article which summarised the findings from the enquiries into four major disasters. These findings were published in 1991. The disasters were – Three Mile Island, Bhopal, Chernobyl and the Challenger Shuttle. In light of […]

Manufacturing Strategy – Gaining a Competitive Advantage

In today’s increasingly complex competitive environment, consumers are demanding greater variety, shorter lead times and lower costs. Unfortunately, in many instances corporate strategy is dominated by marketing and finance with little or no input from manufacturing. This often results in manufacturing being simply expected to respond to demand changes, which has contributed to the seemingly […]

Time to Build the Optimal Organisation?

New Strategies will drive your Organisation Two myths are associated with Organisational Structures. The first is that organisational structures enable work to be carried out and achieved in an organisation. The second is that barriers are formed in organisations by the organisational structures. Why are these commonly held beliefs wrong? Firstly, work in organisations is […]