Kosta Chingas

Kosta Chingas began his career with Ford Motor Company in production supervision. In May 2000, he joined the first wave of Black Belt candidates at his facility. Chingas became a certified Black Belt by Ford in September, 2001. In 2002, he joined BorgWarner automotive as press area operations supervisor where he optimized kanban min-max levels and introduced team leaders into the press area, and in 2003 he returned to Ford and was selected to become the facility Master Black Belt, coaching the facility Black Belts and delivering Green Belt training to roughly 200 total hourly employees. Chingas also co-delivered one of the first waves of manufacturing Black Belt training in the Chicago area for regional candidates.

In 2005, Chingas moved on to a major OEM auto manufacturer in the southeastern United States and is responsible for dimensional quality of three different platforms in the “Body-in-White” area, as well as dimensional quality of major subsystems of new models. Additionally, he is responsible for the implementation of his plant’s Six Sigma implementation, which commenced in 2008.



So you are in the midst of your Lean implementation, and you are ready to implement an effective kanban system for managing production. But where do you start? For sure, Lean tells us that we need to keep inventory low, therefore the number of kanban cards needs to be kept to a minimum, right? Well, yes and no, and the number you need in order...Full Article »