The Lean Stabilization Audit measures your company's Lean maturity in three categories:
Leadership and Culture
If your company struggles in any of these three categories, it will be difficult for you to sustain Lean excellence. Click the button below to begin the Lean Stabilization Audit and find out where you might have room to improve!
Your product list is likely a table with a column for the product's part number and a column for the product's description. There will be a lot more data to be added to this table, so start thinking spreadsheet. You will be building a spreadsheet with the data necessary to calculate the number of resources for your line design. You just took the first steps.
The Kanban method was inspired by how American supermarkets managed their stock, with small amounts of product displayed on shelves, and turning that product quickly. Like the supermarket, the material Kanban method responds to actions taken by your customer, who could be an operator on the production line. Material will be replenished not based on a fixed schedule, but on actual usage or consumption. In that way the delivery system can respond to variation in usage dynamically and automatically, as the usage changes. The Kanban system is therefore highly “self-regulating”, within limits of course.
A Value Adding task is one that advances the product. Value must always be understood from the Customer's perspective. Value is “in the eyes of the Customer”. Sometimes, a quick and dirty way to ascertain whether a task is a value-adding task is to ask: Is the customer willing to pay for this? If the answer is no, then it is not a value-adding task.
We’ve been asked this question by many of our students, who believe that when you’re operating under a Lean methodology, instead of simulating something, your time would be better spent on the factory floor.
Well, we're going to make the case for you today that simulation modeling is a much safer way of designing a production line.
Now, if we're talking about a line that is two stations with just screwdrivers and bits and pieces then, yeah sure, there’s no risk implementing changes right away. However, if you are like several of our clients who build highly complex products, the risk is much higher, and you should seriously consider modeling your line before bringing it live or implanting changes.