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How waste reuse can save on cost and emissions

Environment Protection Agency (EPA) infographic in a slider below shows how waste reuse can save on cost and emissions. The contents of this factsheet are based on the outputs of a Green Enterprise project carried out by GMIT in co-operation with BAM Ireland and Carey...

Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy

By 2050, we will need three planet earths to meet our resource demands in a business-as-usual scenario. A transition to a circular economy offers the possibility of a sustainable alternative future and is a fundamental step towards achieving our climate targets.  Find...

Top 10 scientific papers on lean

by Torbjørn H. Netland Scientific thinking is a cornerstone of lean thinking, but the lean movement itself has unfortunately become largely unscientific. Here are ten academic lean papers you should know. Most writings on lean are anecdotal success stories or opinion...

The World Class Manufacturing programme at Chrysler, Fiat & Co.

by Torbjørn H. Netland The company-specific production system (XPS) of Chrysler is the World Class Manufacturing (WCM) concept, developed by the Fiat Group in 2006. But, what exactly is the WCM? And, what does Chrysler see as keys to success in WCM? A few answers are...

Kings and fat horses: Understanding 3 Ms in Lean

by Torbjørn H. Netland The “3 Ms”— muri, mura, muda — is among the most important concepts in lean production. Yet, the Ms are often misjudged. The most common misunderstanding is to see lean only as a method to reduce waste  (“muda”). Those that start waste-hunting...

Five rules of productivity improvement

by Torbjørn H. Netland If I should explain my research in two words, I would say “improving productivity”. Productivity matters The importance of productivity for our wealth and prosperity is well captured by the famous quote of Nobel Prize Laurate Paul Krugman [1]:...