Identifying The Essential Lean Manufacturing Tools!
I found this article on Newcastle Systems website. In the infographic, they are identifying 32 essential lean manufacturing tools. Our Lean Expert online training course includes instruction on these same 32 tools, and more. There are approximately 140 continuous improvement tools available today, and in use within the lean improvement field, but not all are used or known by all lean practitioners. To learn more about our training courses…click here
32 Essential Lean Manufacturing Tools
When you hear “lean manufacturing,” you have your own world view of what it means. Every lean manufacturing consultant offers expertise but few will be an expert with every tool. The following infographic will help you understand the diverse options and language with a collection of 32 essential lean tools and a short description of the value they bring to your manufacturing, warehouse or distribution center.
One of the common questions that crops up during my conversations with my clients is – Why do companies have problems sustaining improvements through the application of lean manufacturing principles?
The generic answer to this question is – Well, those companies are implementing lean manufacturing principles incorrectly! I personally find this answer to be a little on the vague side. The management team in every organization is trying to do the best they can with the resources and knowledge that are available to them. However, the one thing that every person in every organization is fighting against is the organization’s internal culture.
An organizational infrastructure is created and deeply influenced by the original founders who had responsibility for establishing the business. These original founders would insert their personal values and philosophy into the company. Those who follow on after them, inherit the status quo and participate in the same processes defined by the original founders. New people coming into the organization will often challenge the system but eventually they fall in line out of fear or frustration. History has show us that organizations are complex systems, which means they are not easy to change. In other words, old habits die hard!
Radical Lean Improvements
When we break lean manufacturing improvements down to their most basic activity, what is it? The application of Lean Manufacturing principles into any business boils down to one thing, which is a shift in the mindset and get people to make the move from optional to required behaviors. This practice is called “Develop Standard Work” for critical processes. If an organization truly wants to be successful with their lean implementation and transformation, they must have the resources available to make this important shift and start to define their best practices. The company will benefit from this in many ways. One of the most important benefits is the establishment of a baseline process and metric for every critical process. Without a defined process and baseline performance metric, the management team has no idea if a process improvement is trending in a positive or negative manner.
Radical Lean Videos
I created a series of three short videos in which I ask and expand on some critical questions:
How did companies perform before and after the 2007/2008 recession? Why is this important?
How does a typical company implement lean manufacturing principles? Why do they often fail?
What is a tried and tested methodology for successfully implementing lean manufacturing principles?
Enjoy the videos!
Radical Lean Transformation Part 1
Radical Lean Transformation Part 2
Radical Lean Transformation Part 3
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Here is another great learning moment from Wildwood Cabinetry proving that LEAN is simply a series of small and easy to implement improvements. Wildwood Cabinetry embarked on their lean journey after reading Paul Akers book called “2 Second Lean”.
Lean Manufacturing Transformation Starts With Education!
A forward thinking company starts their Radical Lean Transformation by educating their employees to understand lean principles. Employees need to develop the know-how to apply lean principles to improve their own workplace. An important aspect of any Lean Transformation is process improvement, and this involves bringing about change.
Employees, and the management team must all be thinking ans speaking the same language. They must all be on the same page for any change to be implemented successfully. Prior to any journey, one would look at a road map to identify the best route to reach the destination. Radical Lean Transformation is the same as it requires a road map to allow the individual, group or organization to identify the best route on their lean journey.
Here is our own Radical Lean Implementation Roadmap that was designed and developed by Chris Turner:
The road map identifies three phases of activity throughout the implementation process.
Phase 1 is focused on educating and coaching the change agents about the 10 Step Model.
Phase 2 is focused on educating and coaching the management and improvement teams about the 10 Step Model.
Phase 3 is focused on the implementation of each of the 10 Steps.
Understanding the 10 Step Training and Implementation Model is critical to the success of any lean transformation process. The model was designed and developed by Chris Turner to help individuals, groups and organizations to know what to do, how to do it, and when to do it!
Here is a graphic which demonstrates the sequence of events in the 10 Step Training and Implementation Model:
By following the sequence of events defined in the 10 Step Model, the right processes are being implemented at the right time to achieve the best results.
You can learn more about the 10 Step Training and Implementation Model in our Level 2 – Lean Practitioner training course. This is our most popular training course:
Lean Manufacturing Process for Repairing Gas Turbines:
Here is a short video from Ethos Energy demonstrating how lean manufacturing principles were implemented to improve the repair of gas turbines. Lean Manufacturing does not have to be complicated. In fact, lean manufacturing does not need too much complexity because it encourages you to keep things simple and easy to follow. The main purpose of lean manufacturing is to create a working environment that anyone can enter and be trained to follow the standard work.
Lean Manufacturing can be applied to any process, in any type of organization! There are many great examples of schools, hotel chains, government agencies, healthcare and business organizations that are seeing the value of implementing lean principles to improve their processes. It is easy to train employees which allows them to understand the application of lean principles. Next, they learn how to recognize waste and which lean tools to use to eliminate it from their work area.
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