For most downloaded topics in engineering, it is clear to see that Lean, quality, and Six Sigma are the clear leaders. Developed in 1986 at Motorola and became mainstream in...
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 to a reorganization of the shop floor based on the pull from the customer. This also produced 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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