This article specifically describes how Lean should be utilized in an organization. In fact, the opening question of “Who is doing continuous improvement, and when are they doing it?” speaks...
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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