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This article describes the true intention of Lean to establish a continuous improvement cycle. This group started with over 1,700 parts to categorize for production and tooling then to capacity. This led ot a reorganization of the shop floor based on the pull from the customer. This led to a “process family code system” for standardize work procedures and training employees into experts.
The metrics proved the improvement by increasing sales by 50%, inventory reduction by 45%, visual or smart scheduling reduced set-up costs by 65%, and improved sales-per-employee by 61%.
Not bad for “common sense” improvements !!
Gary Kapanowski – Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt – Excelsior
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