Lean: Creating More Value With Less Work
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- Downtime - Eliminating the "8 Central Wastes"
- Cost Savings: Lean Six Sigma Tools
- Getting Strategic With Your Supplier
- Overcoming the 24 to 48 Hour Paradox
- Automated Supply Technology
Did You Know?
The most innovative companies innovate at 10 times the rate of the average company, and 60% of their innovative ideas come from suppliers.
-Harvard Business Review
Lean manufacturing is all about eliminating waste. Lean considers customer inputs and conducts a "war on waste," creating a culture of continuous improvement. Lean techniques are, in the most basic form, the systematic identification and elimination of wastes, the implementation of the concepts of continuous flow, and customer pull.
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The Five Lean Principles
Specify Value - Identify what is value and what is not
- Anything the customer is willing to pay for
- The process object has to be physically changed
- Must be done right the first time
Map the Value Stream - The value stream is all the activities necessary to deliver a product to customers.
- Problem solving: Concept to design and production
- Information Management: Order taking, scheduling, delivery
- Physical transformation of raw materials to delivered product
Create Flow - After eliminating waste in the value stream, make the value added steps flow together continuously, with no stoppages or rework
- Deliver only what the customer wants, when the customer asks for it, rather than pushing products out and hoping customers want them
- Downstream activities use kanban (simple signals) to indicate to upstream activities when more is needed
- Right-size your tools and process so you don't need to produce massive quantities of intermediate parts
- The improvements process never ends: you must always strive to offer a better product while reducing waste
- Do kaikaku - radical transformation - to eliminate the largest sources of waste, and do kaizen - continuous incremental improvement - to move toward perfection
- Keep your efforts focused for better results
- Don't settle for merely being better than your current competition
Source: Villanova University