The Hytrol Experience

Creating a Safe Work Environment with 5S

Posted by Andy Stickler on Jul 12, 2017 4:56:00 PM

070517_5S_BlogGraphic-01.pngOne of the foundational cornerstones of workplace safety is good housekeeping. In simple terms, you need a well-organized, clean workplace that is free of clutter and congestion. The 5S methodology is foundationally the same as the principle of good housekeeping. In fact, these two cornerstones have very much in common. Just as you cannot achieve true workplace safety without good housekeeping, you will never achieve true implementation of all Lean principles without 5S.

The 5S methodology is an organizational strategy consisting of five stages to maintain an orderly workspace with visual cues. Translated from Japanese, these stages represent "sort," "stabilize" or "set in order," "shine," "standardize," and "sustain." Simply put, 5S really is a foundation for both workplace safety and the principles of Lean manufacturing.

So, where does safety fit into 5S? It's integrated into each step of the process.

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Topics: Safety, Lean Manufacturing

5 Ways That Lean Can Help Any Business

Posted by Kathy Cole on Apr 11, 2017 11:05:00 AM

040617_LeanBlogGraphic_FL-01.pngLean manufacturing, often simply referred to as "Lean," is a set of operational tools and philosophies that, when applied, create a quality product at maximum value to benefit customers. The practice involves considering the customer's needs in all aspects of the organization to reduce waste, optimize processes and provide the most value.

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing

5 Benefits of Product Management

Posted by Mitch Smith on Jan 5, 2017 4:23:00 PM

121216 5 Benefits of Product Management-01.jpgIn a lean environment, everything is about the customer. Every process and every product should add value. That's where product management comes in.

In the traditional method of business, an engineer may design product technology, a marketing team will research the best way to showcase a product, and business development will connect end users with your business. Product management still utilizes all three roles, but the manager creates a structure and takes responsibility for the overall process. The product manager must be fluent in all three areas to be able to take a product from its beginning stages to the end result.

Here are some benefits of having a product manager on board:

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Topics: Material Handling, Lean Manufacturing, Leadership

How Lean Manufacturing Affects the Customer Experience

Posted by Tony Sartin on Oct 11, 2016 5:30:00 PM

101016.EfficiencyQuality.BlogGraphic-01.pngIf you've ever visited with a Hytrol representative, visited our manufacturing facility, or even just read our blog posts, you know that Lean Manufacturing is at the heart of everything that we do. We began our lean practices over 10 years ago, and we've never looked back, and there is a single reason why: our customer.

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Customer Experience

The Two Most Important Factors in Quality Assurance

Posted by Chris Shepard on Sep 14, 2016 4:30:00 PM


It’s imperative in Lean Manufacturing that quality is assured. In a Lean environment you eliminate waste, and there’s no greater waste or cost to eliminate than a quality issue. Between lost hours and lost material, quality issues are costly to your company and, ultimately, to your customer.

One thing I’ve found in my many years involved in quality assurance, is that a company’s quality successes and failures come down to two variables: your people and your processes. This is especially true in manufacturing. But no matter your industry, your quality standards are directly correlated with how well you’re approaching these two subjects.

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Topics: Who We Are, Lean Manufacturing, Customer Experience, Quality Assurance

David Peacock: The 3 Ways Lean Leadership Continuously Changes the Manufacturing Sector

Posted by David Peacock on Sep 8, 2016 8:00:00 AM

David Peacock

On this blog, I’ve discussed trends in manufacturing, in mentoring, in hiring. The overarching theme for each of these topics can be summed up in one word: change. In every industry, in every generation, and in every market, change is the one constant.  Leadership is no different.  While the principles of leadership remain true throughout time, their application is no less impacted by change than any of these other areas previously discussed.

Lean leadership has demonstrated its effective applications of leadership principles in the modern workforce.  The key to its success is its ability to not only adapt to change, but its expectation of and embracing of change. Lean leaders—whether they are formal leaders within the hierarchical structure of an organization or informal leaders addressing challenges in the trenches—are committed to improvements.  These improvements are achieved through change. 

Lean leaders are people at every level of the organization who are leading change in their companies and in the industry in three main ways.

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Manufacturing Industry, Leadership

3 Ways a Warehouse Control System Adds to Your Solution

Posted by Bill Maple on Aug 25, 2016 9:00:00 AM

A WCS may be right for your company.In today’s world, technology gets more and more complicated, but also more and more necessary. The material handling industry has always used technology to create better solutions for consumers, and the Warehouse Control System (WCS) is software layer that allows for greater efficiency and integration. But with so much technology out there, why is a WCS so beneficial to manufacturers and distributors?


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Topics: Who We Are, Lean Manufacturing, Customer Experience

Three Major Lean Manufacturing Benefits to Customers

Posted by Jennie Dannecker on Sep 16, 2015 7:00:00 AM

In today’s competitive, consumer-driven landscape, companies have to find ways to streamline operations and deliver products even more quickly. The name of the game is speed and efficiency. 


In order to meet rising customer expectations, however, companies must do more than keep current with the status quo – they must perform at peak levels of efficiency and drive continuous process improvements across the organization.


Lean manufacturing drives ongoing improvements in cost, quality, service, and delivery, and creates a culture of employee empowerment and waste minimization. It isn’t a new concept, and today it’s still continually relied upon to lower levels of inventory, create higher efficiencies, and improve delivery performance.

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Topics: Who We Are, Lean Manufacturing, Customer Experience