What is Lean Industrial Engineering?
If you feel like you are conducting endless Kaizen events, there's a good chance it is because your production line was not designed correctly in the first place. Applying continuous improvement to a poorly designed line can actually become a form of waste. As Lean thought-leader Jim Womack put it:
“Is an organization’s skill in after-the-fact Kaizen – that is, its talent for process rework – actually reducing the pressure for the hard conversations about lean process development that ought to be taking place during product development instead?”
The solution to endless Kaizen events is what we call "Lean Industrial Engineering." Lean Industrial Engineering is the act of designing -- and implementing -- your manufacturing processes so that they flow seamlessly from one process to the next, without delays or mistakes.
Lean "Philosophy" is not enough
Incorporating Lean concepts into the physical design of your production line will guarantee far greater results than simply buying into an abstract philosophy. Lean Industrial Engineering will give you quantifiable results in terms of operator productivity, reducing your required floor space, and freeing up working capital.
At Leonardo Group Americas both of our Principals have 25+ years of experience designing Lean production lines and material management systems.
We've broken the Lean Industrial Engineering process into two major categories: Mixed Model Line Design and Mixed Model Material Management. For the past several years, we have partnered with Toyota Material Handling in order to bring these workshops to hundreds of Lean Specialists, Industrial Engineers, and Supply Chain Professionals. Online courses and certifications are available at the Lean Design Institute.
Large-scale production line redesigns occur once or twice in the entire career of most industrial engineers. We have completed thousands of line designs. Our proven set of steps has been successfully implemented by the biggest names in industry.