Lean Manufacturing is primarily a "pull system", but it's important to understand the differences between traditional push signaling methods and various pull choices.
Companies embrace Lean or Flow Manufacturing primarily because of the benefits that can be achieved. Foremost among them is a reduction in Manufacturing Cycle Time, but there are many others, summarized in this lesson.
You might be surprised to know the the roots of Lean Manufacturing go back over 400 years (and maybe longer!). In this introductory lesson we review some of the history of Lean, and profile some of the heroes of the past who made it possible.
There is a little secret related to the Toyota Production System. Only after his retirement did Taiichi Ohno finally confess that much of what he shared with the West about the TPS was intentionally misleading. He was concerned that US and European companies would compete too strongly with Japanese companies by adapting TPS methods, and so he led them off-course by emphasizing elimination of waste as the key TPS focus. We still hear this today: “Lean is all about eliminating waste, and Six Sigma is all about improving quality”. But that’s not the full story.
Bad News: VSM is not a Lean Design tool. Don't try to use it as one!
Good News: You can upgrade your VSMs to a full Mixed Model Line Design.
In this video, Richard will walk you through the steps to using the Lean Design Simulator.