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 !!

Article Link: http://www.sme.org/MEMagazine/Article.aspx?id=84152&taxid=1415

Gary Kapanowski – Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt – Excelsior

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