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An assessment exercise to create a Current State and Future State Value Stream Map, will expose the needs of the system, not just a singular process in the value stream. It will provide a host of improvement targets that can benefit from Continuous Improvement events or activity.
With a bias toward action, this group activity is meant to make rapid change. This is a very focused and finite attack on a particular problem or opportunity for improvement.
Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain are tools of lean process improvement that build visual factory and workplace organization.
Known as “Single Minute Exchange of Dies” which is a lean term used to optimize the machine at hand. This process is intended to limit the amount of downtime a machine will have during a changeover.
Kanban is an efficient replenishment system for inventory or work in process. Once this is set up it can run for itself with little intervention if followed correctly.
TPM stands for total productive maintenance. This is anything an organization has to do in order to remain up and running. Some examples are scheduled machine maintenance, rotating inventory if there is a shelf life, timely 5S audits, as well as daily checklists for operations.
Prosit’s Lean Certification Program offers seven topics covering the most frequently used lean techniques and tools. These tools are bundled into a 5 day curriculum. In addition, these can be scaled and delivered independently.
The goal of any lean program is waste elimination and process improvement. Much of this improvement will depend on a solid foundation of visual systems and communication. The implementation of these and other systems requires dedicated resources and time.
As in all things in Lean, standardization is key to the Cellular process. We follow an eight step process to convert to Cellular Flow.
Root cause analysis is the process of reducing an issue down to a simple proposition: What are we trying to accomplish?
Supervisor training is a consistently overlooked aspect of a team’s production and performance. While sales and demand increases, the human assets required to satisfy those larger demands also grow.