Everything you every wanted to know (or didn't) about being an expat in Saudi Arabia. A full survival guide for Expatriates in KSA.
Quality assurance consulting; what experience and qualifications do you need to set yourself up as a quality consultant or ISO consultant? A guide to setting up your quality management consulting business
The aim of process mapping (flow charting, value stream mapping)is to simplify and improve work flow. This article will look at the most efficient way to review your process maps to make improvements to your business.
What is Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), what are the benefits and how does it compare to other maintenance models such as Predictive, preventative and autonomous maintenance?
What is Preventive maintenance (or preventative maintenance), why do we need it and what are the alternatives such as Predictive, breakdown, autonomous and Total Productive maintenance (TPM)?
What are Decibel levels and why are they so important? How can you measure them and when are they too "loud"?
Work study; activity timing and method study are an important part of any lean manufacturing implementation if you wish to design manufacturing cells or balance and improve existing flow lines and cells. Time and motion...
What is Tact Time and how do we use it? What is Pitch Time and how is it related to our Tack Time? Tact time creates the basis on which we can create flow and design work cells.
What is a Yamazumi chart or Yamazumi board and how do you use it for cell design and improvement? This simple but powerful tool is a highly visual method to drive continuous improvement of your process
What is are Gemba Walks and how do you conduct them? Your Gemba walk is your observation of the workplace; So if you want to know what is really going on where the work is done go to the Gemba.
What is Visual management and how can it help us? How can we make what we need to know in our workplace more obvious so we can see at a glance if everything is as it should be?
Poka yoke literally means mistake proofing, it is about preventing the creation of defects. Pokayoke devices are usually simple and inexpensive or can be modifications to the product itself to prevent there from being...
What is Kaizen and what does it have to do with continuous improvement? How can Kaizen help you to continually improve your companies performance and boost your profits?
There are many lean manufacturing tools, this hub summarizes and provides links to some of the more important lean tools.
How do you make your OEE Calculation? Step by step guide to calculating your Overall Equipment Effectiveness for any TPM (Total Productive Maintenance) implementation.
What 5S Games or 5S training simulations are available and how can they help you to train your staff for implementing a 5S program? An invaluable aid to any 5S training program within Lean Manufacturing.
Many companies today are trying to cut costs and boost profits by offshoring their work to lower cost economies. Offshoring being the outsourcing overseas of business functions and products. But what are the dangers of...
Disadvantages of Outsourcing overseas - What are the Alternatives to offshoring your Manufacturing business
What are the disadvantages of outsourcing your production overseas to places like China and India? What alternatives are there to offshoring your manufacturing business and products or services?
If you wish to be a Certified ISO 9001:2008 IRCA Approved Lead Auditor then you will first need your Lead Auditor Training course. After that you will need to meet the IRCA requirements for becoming a certified ISO 9001...
What is ISO 9001:2008 internal auditing and how do you go about getting internal auditor training? This article will explain to you how to go about becoming an ISO 9001 Quality Auditor, how to conduct your internal...
What are the Mandatory ISO 9001:2008 procedures and how should they be written and structured for your Quality Management System?
Continuous quality improvement is one of the most important factors to ensure the success of your business. ISO 9004 as one of the ISO 9000 family of Standards builds on the requirements of ISO 9001 to create a...
This Article will show the requirements and structure for your ISO 9001:2008 Quality Manual and your ISO 9001 Quality Policy. Your Quality Management System is very much given direction through your Quality Manual and...
ISO 9001:2008 is it a quality management system or it suitable as an overall business management system. This article explains the origins of ISO, the history and benefits of ISO 9001:2008 as well as comparing the use...
What is ISO 9001:2008 and what are the specific requirements for a quality management system (QMS)? Section by Section details of what is required for your ISO 9000 QMS.
How to create Process mapping flowcharts and how they can help you to improve your processes. From value stream mapping to Process flowcharts.
What is Statistical Process Control and how do you use SPC to improve your processes. What are the different types of chart and how can you interpret the results for continuously business improvement
How we can drive continuous quality improvement using PDCA and DMAIC. Using the Deming Cycle / Shewhart Cycle) and DMAIC can help your business grow and compete.
5 Whys root cause analysis is a powerful but very simple tool for identifying root causes. It allows us to solve problems rather than just applying a band aid.
What is a Histogram or Bar Chart, how do we make them, and how can we use them with other quality improvement tools to drive Continuous Process Improvement?
How to use the Pareto Chart and the 80:20 rule for continuous process improvement. Learn to focus your resources on the vital few.
How to do brainstorming and mindmapping. Use simple creative thinking techniques to brainstorm out solutions to problems and create plans for continuous quality improvement.
How do you create and use a tally chart or check sheet? How can you use it for data gathering and then analyze that data? Use a Tally Chart for simple data gathering and analysis.
How do you make and use a Fishbone Diagram, or Ishikawa Diagram to look at cause and effect? This is one of the simple quality tools that can help a company achieve Continuous process Improvement.
What are the 7 quality tools and how do they help drive Continuous Quality Improvement?
The Makkah Clock Royal Tower is the third tallest building in the world as well as the biggest clock tower in the world. Overlooking the Haram and Kaaba in Makkah (Mecca) as part of the Abrj Al-Bait development. The...
Well you are not going to be going to the local disco, nightclub or even a quiet bar to chase women, that is for sure, not even a cinema! As an Expat living and working in Saudi Arabia Arranging your Entertainment and...
Just what is it like traveling on Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia)? What are the airports like in KSA? Is it easy to book and check in for your flight in Saudi Arabia?
What is it really like to drive from Jeddah to Riyadh or even Al-Khobar? Read my experiences and unbelievable stories of Saudi Arabia Road Travel; Accidents, guns, police and even monkeys!
Is it really as bad as they say driving in Saudi arabia? Learn about crazy Saudi Accidents, road rage, the Police and the general driving behavior here in Saudi Arabia.
How to get your Saudi Arabia Work Visa or other visa to either visit or do business in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). Being a victim of Extortion, an Illegal immigrant and escaping Saudi Arabia!
Want to go dating in Saudi Arabia? Are you feeling lonely in KSA? Would you like to know how to go about meeting and dating Muslim Saudi girls and women of other nationalities in Saudi Arabia (KSA). There are many girls...
In Saudi Arabia Women are not entitled to the same freedoms that we in the west take for granted, this hub will look at everything from how to dress, education, can an Arabian woman work, driving, segregation, abuse,...
Need to know what hotels are available and what they are like in Saudi Arabia? As an Expat living and working in Saudi Arabia I have had ample opportunity to see and stay at a number of Saudi Hotels.
Need to find a western compound in Saudi Arabia or even an apartment off compound in Riyadh or Jeddah? All the information you need about finding accommodation and living in KSA.
As an expat living and working in Saudi Arabia, I want to give you the real truth about working in the Kingdom. What are the rules and laws that you must follow if you are going to work here?
As a western Expat living and working in Saudi Arabia I want to tell you what it is really like to be working as an expat for a company in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi's work ethic, why they employ expats, how expatriates...
just how are expat workers treated by Saudis?As a Western Expat living and working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) I would like to give you some information regarding the treatment of expats in Saudi Arabia. Not...
Jobs in Saudi Arabia; Finding Saudi Employment as an Expat living and working in Saudi Arabia is becoming harder and harder due to the policy of making more jobs Saudi only to reduce Saudi unemployment. However there...
How do you go about mapping your value stream and how do you create a value stream map (VSM)? This article will inform you as to what value stream mapping symbols to use, how to structure your VSM, and how to get the...
Value Stream mapping (VSM) is a technique by which you review the flow of materials and information through the whole supply chain. Mapping from raw materials through to delivery to customer. Value Stream Mapping lets...
Jidoka is one of the principles behind the Toyota Production System (TPS), Autonomation or Jidoka is about having machines with “human” intelligence so that they stop when something is wrong. Autonomation and Jidoka...
Leveling production using Heijunka with regard to both volume and product mix is a vital part of implementing Just In Time (JIT) and Lean Manufacturing to remove the cost of waste within the system. Tools such as the...
What is Shigeo Shingo’s Single Minute Exchange of Die or SMED and how can you use it to reduce setup or changeover times for your process. Full details of how to implement this powerful lean tool.
Most lean manufacturing practitioners think of Muda when you talk about waste, but there are two other types of waste; Mura and Muri. Mura is the waste of unevenness, or inconsistency, theerfore we need to reduce Mura...
Most Lean Manufacturing Practitioners consider waste as only being Muda and the 7 wastes and forget the wastes of Mura and Muri. But what is Muri? It is the Japanese term for “overburden” and refers to the strain...
The Toyota Production System (TPS) usse Muda, Mura and Muri to signify waste within their system. What are the the Seven Muda or seven wastes and how do we eliminate them from our processes?
How is your time management? Do you need to learn how to say no to free up time for more important work?
If you wish to use Kanban to pull production through your Just in Time (JIT) process as part of your lean manufacturing initiative then you need to understand how to calculate your Kanban quantities. There are several...
What are the different types of Kanban systems; Kanban cards, Faxbans, E-bans, CONWIP, 2 bin systems, 3 bin systems, multiple bin systems? How does Kanban work?
Kanban is a sign, flag, or signal within the manufacturing production process to trigger the production and supply of product as part of Just in Time in Lean manufacturing. Kanban or Kamban is the main method by which...
Are you considering employment as a lean consultant! Why? Are you after fame, fortune or just want to get the girl? Before you run out to discover how to become a lean manufacturing consultant and quit the day job you...
A lean Manufacturing Consultant is a business improvement specialist working with the philosophy known as Lean Manufacturing. He can help improve your business processes and implement lean systems within your company...
What is Lean Manufacturing Consulting and what makes a good consultant? Where can you get the best consultant for your business?
What is 5C workplace organisation and how is it implemented? This Article will tell you how to reorganise your environment into something safer and more efficient.
What is the Lean Office? How can you implement 5S in an office environment. The principles and philosophies of Lean manufacturing as well as 5S are as applicable in the environment of an office as they are on the shop...
How to conduct 5S training and understand if you have achieved your goals. Either in-house training or hiring a lean trainer for your 5S training program
What are Seiri, Seiton, Seiso, Seiketsu and Shitsuke? What is 5S and what does it mean in English? Definitions and details of the different stages and their implementation within Lean Manufacturing.
Learn why 5S Lean Manufacturing is so much more than just housekeeping as well as all of the other benefits of implementing a 5S program.
What is Just in Time (JIT) Manufacturing, what are its origins, how does it work and why should you implement it?
The 7 wastes can be remembered by asking yourself; who is TIMWOOD?; Transport, Inventory, Motion, Waiting, Overproduction, Over-processing, and Defects. We only spend 5% of our time adding value.
Increase profit by waste reduction, eliminating waste in your business is the easiest way to add to your profits. If I told you that only 5% of your peoples time was spent on doing something that your customer was...
What are the benefits of lean manufacturing, what are the advantages of lean production? Lean manufacturing can benefit your business in many ways, from reducing your scrap and space required to reducing lead times to a...
Understanding the History of Lean Manufacturing, how and why it developed, will help you in implementing lean effectively to improve your organization.
What is Lean Manufacturing, just what is a good lean manufacturing definition? If you want to implement lean manufacturing then you need to understand Lean Manufacturing Principles and Concepts. This article will try to...