Lean In Manufacturing
Lean concepts were first developed in the automotive industry. Since then, lean has spread to other types of manufacturing such as food, chemicals, plastics, pharmaceuticals, packaging and electronics. The principles of lean remain the same in each of these different categories of manufacturing, which is to eliminate wastes and to make value creating steps flow. However, there are minor modifications to how lean can be adopted from automotive into other types of manufacturing.
Here is a list of the types of wastes that slow down flow of value creating steps in a manufacturing environment.
|Types of wastes||Examples.|
Operators looking at machine.
Excess raw materials, WIPs and Finished Goods.
|Excessive Processing||Rework or correction of mistakes.
Repacking or restacking.
Inefficient processing due to poor tool or product design.
Producing items when not needed.
Moving goods from warehouse to warehouse.
Too many movements within a process.
These examples of wastes are common sense. However not every organization is looking to eliminate them. On the contrary organization are living with these wastes. At IQI Frontiers, we can show you how to look for them and then eliminate wastes. Contact us.