Lean Manufacturing allows an organisation produce more with less. Successful Lean interventions require a solid foundation on which to build a “House of Quality”. It requires the support of senior management and a cultural shift to a new paradigm where every task and activity can be improved.
LBSPartners have developed a 7 phase approach to companies looking to adopt Lean in their manufacturing processes. Lean removes all unnecessary waste from the value stream.
7 Phase Strategy Lean & Manufacturing
Initiating a Lean Manufacturing programme necessitates an assessment of the stability of the business and its current state. Analysis of the current state produces the scope of the work required to get to the future Lean Manufacturing state. Senior Management support is imperative. Initiation phase includes a two day Introduction to Lean for Leaders training programme.
2. Building a Lean Foundation
A solid foundation creates the environment to achieve Just In Time and Right First Time. Making problems visible and advanced problem solving techniques delivers Right First Time production.
3. Just in Time & Right First time
A solid foundation creates the environment to achieve Just InTime. Right part, right amount, right time. Making problems visible and advanced problem solving techniques delivers Right First Time production.
4. Embedding the Learning
Training at all levels help to embed the improvements in the manufacturing process. The quality of the training will positively affect the sustainability of the improvements accomplished.
5. Value Stream Mapping (VSM)
VSM is an end to end system overview. It communicates information, material flow and allows for thr removal of unnecessary waste in the value stream.
6. Continuous Improvement (CI) & Alignment
A Continuous Improvement (CI) culture requires a change in behaviours of people and the process. All continuous Improvement actions and tasks should be aligned to the strategic goals of the organisation.
Customers’ demand value. The improvements made need to create value for the customer. Successful organisations listen to the voice of their customers and make improvements where necessary.