What will it take to be 60% more profitable?
How can you reduce waste and do things more efficiently?
How can you keep up with the changing demands of consumers?
How can you be more competitive in the market with so many more players?
How can you be upto 90 % Efficient?
How can you keep the numbers positive and remain meaningfully profitable?
Most Importantly How can you get lean?
It is becoming immensely important for manufacturers to increase productivity, control costs, optimize labor resources and realign or prioritize them to the most important processes in order to remain meaningfully profitable, gaining a true competitive edge and being effectively efficient in operations. Well, all of this sounds good fundamentally, but for most manufacturers, the question remains: “How?”
Lean is the answer, Lean as a way of production & management can be an extremely effective way to achieve all of these objectives. Most manufacturers are familiar with the concept of Lean, but very few are actually applying it to their people, processes & systems.
The concept of Lean Manufacturing was first mentioned in literature in James Womack’s 1990 book, “The Machine That Changed the World“, as a theory that can help you to simplify and organize your working environment so that you can reduce waste, and keep your people, equipment, and workspace responsive to what’s needed right now.
But, once again the question remains: “How?”
After years of research and study on the subject and with the knowledge gained by our work with a number of companies across the world, we bring to you a list of easy pointers in order to simplify your journey to getting Lean.
The following list of do’s and don’ts is aimed at keeping manufacturers focused on the right thing rather than indulging in the ultimate waste: wasting time.
- Create a system of continuous improvement.
- Do a root cause analysis: question “why” 5 times to find original root causes
- Don’t haste: Haste only in the implementation not in decision making
- Don’t waste: Eliminate wastage of time, money or resources.
- Clarify steps & provide transparency via visual representation.
- Develop a value stream map to identify non Value added processes
- Make decisions on a long-term philosophy, even at the expense of short-term financial goals.
- Create a continuous process flow to bring problems to the surface.
- Don’t dilute: The company principles of customer satisfaction, continuous improvement and waste elimination along with all other lean principles, must be followed at all costs
- Create a system of getting quality right the first time
- Don’t optimize a bad process. Remain transparent & never cover up
- Use pull systems to build a culture of stopping to fix problems
- Don’t stop learning: Remain flexible with continuous improvement.
- Don’t Assume :Look for problems yourself by visiting the process & observing in actual
- Don’t delay in your decision to get Lean. Start today, right now, right away
Contact us Now at www.theideasmith.net