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CAMSC Certified Supplier

IPS Material Handling is proud to announce that we are a CAMSC (Canadian Aboriginal & Minority Supplier Council) Certified Supplier.  About CAMSC CAMSC operates as a private sector-led, non profit membership organization governed by a board of Directors; comprised of major multinational corporations operating in Canada. The organization aims to...

The Conventional Production System

The main problem with conventional production systems is that they generate many forms of Muda (waste), which in turn, do not meet with the current strategic needs of companies moving towards Lean: quality, costs, and delivery. It can easily be seen how mudas are generated by the mass production system...

Priority on the Line Side

Why give priority to productivity on the line side? The production line is the place where value is created and place with the highest labor density. The production line is the most expensive place in terms of plant investment, production costs, and labor costs. One of the golden rules of...

Optimizing the Work Station

One of the simplest improvements to Lean Manufacturing at the line side to increase productivity requires a modification of the packaging to a smaller size and optimizing how it’s delivered.  Implementing new Lean Manufacturing principles to the logistics of material flow eliminated Muda and improves can improve production considerably. By...

Eliminating Muda with Ecoflex and IPS

It is no wonder why companies committed to Lean Manufacturing have adopted the Ecoflex system. Ecoflex provides the quickest method possible to get started and put ideas for continuous improvement into application easily and with simplicity. The versatility of the Ecoflex system can assist in introducing the Kaizen attitude through...

Kaizen

The Kaizen attitude is the Lean Company’s driving force in the fight against muda. Kaizen refers to the philosophy or practice that focuses upon continuous improvement of processes in manufacturing. When applied to the workplace, Kaizen refers to activities that continually improve all functions, and involves all employees from the CEO...

The Seven Mudas

Lean Manufacturing is based on the principle of reducing waste. The importance on the elimination of these wastes is illustrated in the following figure. Through kaizen efforts, the elimination of waste helps companies move towards positive growth and progress towards Lean Manufacturing. In order to keep from relapsing, standardization of...