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7 types of manufacturing wastes and how to reduce them

Manufacturing waste is something business owners often overlook, yet left unchecked, it can cost a business a significant amount of money. From transportation waste, inventory waste, defective products and more, waste can accrue in a range of areas across the company. This article explores the different types of manufacturing waste, and how to redu ... Read More

  October 22, 2020     

What Does Manufacturing Sustainably Mean?

In an increasingly eco-conscious environment, manufacturers are increasingly accepting the need to adopt sustainable manufacturing practices. To many manufacturers, a greater focus on sustainability is an unavoidable cost; something that needs to be worked into the bottom line. But for savvy firms, sustainability is an opportunity to reduce waste a ... Read More

  May 19, 2018     

Lean Manufacturing for Craft Breweries

When it comes to a lean business the idea at its core is to maximise customer value while minimising waste. Lean manufacturing means creating more value for customers with less resources. Lean manufacturing can be transferred to the brewery industry especially that of craft beer. As a craft brewery, it is difficult to do things […] ... Read More

  January 23, 2018     

The Five Elements of a Lean Business

If your business is doing well and you’re looking to expand, that can be a sign of success. However, moving to the next stage of business development can be a risky endeavour. The transition can cause instability and the decisions made can impact the way a business operates, for better or worse. So, there is […] ... Read More

  December 5, 2017     

Lean Coffee: Roasting Coffee With Less

Margins in the coffee business are becoming tighter and tighter, and specialty coffee roasters and retailers are increasingly finding new ways to streamline their businesses. Lean manufacturing is an emerging trend in the food and beverage industry, although it has been critical to the success of key players in the automotive and industrial goods s ... Read More

  November 15, 2017     

Better Coffee Roasting with a Lean Approach

Lean manufacturing began to gain ground around the 1990s with Henry Ford and it has caught on quickly ever since. A lean production approach focuses on systematically reducing any non-value adding or wasteful activities, to increase efficiency, productivity and employee morale. Implementing lean manufacturing processes can be an excellent way to im ... Read More

  November 7, 2017     

Lean manufacturing for breweries

The process of brewing a quality beer can be particularly labour intensive and it’s a process that takes time. Mill, mash, lauter, boil, whirl, cool, ferment and carbonate, there’s a lot going on so it is important for breweries to find ways to optimise production approaches to increase brewing efficiencies. Why you should employ lean [… ... Read More

  November 6, 2017     

Lean manufacturing and the coffee roast

The coffee category of the hot beverage industry is thriving, with the number of coffee drinkers growing each year. Cafes and coffee vans are everywhere, meeting our seemingly unstoppable need for a regular caffeine fix. The demand for coffee has prompted a surge of new bean-roasting business enterprises to support this ever-increasing thirst for q ... Read More

  November 3, 2017     

Mastering Craft Brewing with Lean Manufacturing

The pastime of drinking beer has evolved over the last few years. It seems like craft beer is omnipresent. New flavours, brands, and breweries are popping up everywhere you go. There has been a shift in consumer demand away from mass produced beer and instead more and more consumers are favouring an artfully pieced together […] ... Read More

  November 2, 2017     

Wait-loss techniques for your lean business

The first thing to understand about a lean business is that fundamentally, it is not just about a cost-saving, or is it a short-term manufacturing goal for a zero-waste bent to please the environmentalist customers you may have. It is about a method of thinking that should govern all processes and operations in the company, […] ... Read More

  October 26, 2017     

Dealing with Seasonal Inventory

Inventory forecasting is critical for the smooth operation of any stock-based business. Managing demand can be tricky, however, if a large part of your inventory is subject to seasonal demand. Seasonality essentially refers to inventory with repetitive or predictable supply and demand patterns over a period of time. Manufacturers, distributors and ... Read More

  October 4, 2017     

Lean Business – What Does it Mean?

Lean business essentially involves maximising customer value while reducing or eliminating waste from the production process. Lean manufacturing was initially practiced by Japanese industrial giants such as Toyota, but in recent years has come to be widely adopted by British and European startups in industries as diverse as manufacturing and softwa ... Read More

  October 2, 2017     

Inventory management: creating a lean approach to food manufacturing

A lean approach is fundamental shift in thinking; it moves away from traditional manufacturing and towards a more systematic approach. It is a business model focused on the reduction of any non-value adding or wasteful activities whilst simultaneously adding customer value. You can achieve this with a powerful inventory management system, read on t ... Read More

  September 29, 2017     

A snapshot of manufacturing in New Zealand in 2017

Sales, seasonally adjusted for the March 2017 quarter compared with the December 2016 quarter, show that total manufacturing in New Zealand fell 0.3 percent; excluding meat and dairy product manufacturing, sales rose 1.7 percent. Meat and dairy product manufacturing fell 7.8 percent. In light of this, the value of total manufacturing in New Zealand ... Read More

  September 21, 2017     

Food Manufacturing and The Lean Approach

Lean manufacturing began in the early 1990s with Henry Ford, and gained further ground after the rebuilding of industry in post WWII Japan. Since then, lean manufacturing has caught on quickly, and in the United States it is now commonplace. A lean approach focuses on systematically reducing any non-value adding or wasteful activities, to increase ... Read More

  July 28, 2017     

Creating Efficiencies in Distribution Inventory

Distribution and wholesaling revolve around inventory. Distributors are in the business of consolidating procurement and minimizing cost for retailers and other businesses. Because distributors work with narrow margins and compete extensively on price, efficient inventory management is essential. Let’s look at some ways that a distributor can car ... Read More

  May 15, 2017     

Does Inventory Management Affect Performance?

Inefficient stock control can be avoided with the use of a good inventory management package, and thus company performance can be optimized. ... Read More

  March 27, 2017