It has become extremely popular for companies in any business to pursue the principles of lean production, Six Sigma, TQM, TPM etc. A new development in recent years is that multinational companies develop global and group-wide systems for process improvement based on all these concepts: The XPS. Then, what are the top XPS/lean principles in use?
Yes, I gladly admit; I enjoy a good whiskey. That’s also why it was such a great pleasure to get a first-hand insight into whiskey production at the small family-driven Copper Fox Distillary in Sperryville, Virginia, yesterday. This distillary is the result of a man following his dream and capitalising on its hometowns strength in quality apple trees. His small-batch, hand-made whiskey differs from others as the first applewood chip-aged whiskey in the world. I’ve been to large distillaries and breweires earlier, but for us who know whiskey largely as end-consumers, a micro distillery offer the opportunity to study and learn the processes far better than the giants.