Management Standard Work What is standard work? Simply said, standard work is documenting and standardizing your production or business process. In one of his most famous quotes, Taiichi Ohno once said: “Where there is no standard, there can be no Kaizen”. What Taiichi Ohno meant was that unless you document, standardize and measure a process first,
What is BPM? One of the industry leaders on the subject, BPM.com defines BPM as : “Business Process Management (BPM) is a discipline involving any combination of modeling, automation, execution, control, measurement and optimization of business activity flows, in support of enterprise goals, spanning systems, employees, customers and partners within and beyond the enterprise boundaries.”
What is a Manufacturing Execution System “MES”? MES Definition At a high level, a manufacturing execution system is a software that is able to report live data from the production floor by reporting on all key production activities as they occur. MES systems manage all manufacturing operations from the point of order release to finished
What is OEE? The Origin of OEE OEE or Overall Equipment Effectiveness originated from the Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) movement in the early 80’s and was first referenced by Seiichi Nakajima’s book “TPM tenkai” (1982, JIPM Tokyo). The intention of OEE is that any machine in any plant around the world can be measured by
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When Are Lean Manufacturing Tools Poorly Used? As a Lean Manufacturing Consultant, I work with a lot of different companies and it seems like each one of them has standardized the use of a different lean manufacturing tool. Some companies use value stream mapping, One-Less-At-A-Time, 5S, Poka-Yoke and other strictly focus on their pull system.
Traditional paper work order background Paper work order process and flow Work orders (also called jobs, production orders, shop orders, etc…) get printed and issued to the production floor to fabricate or assemble a product or batch of products. These work orders are typically created in a company’s ERP software and include a bill of
Many companies struggle with the concept of lean management and how to manage in a lean manufacturing environment. Are you finding it difficult to see what types of problems your production floor is experiencing? Does it take a GPS to navigate through the confusion on your production floor? Implementing a visual management system will help you
Pull And Push Works When Done Right! If you have any lean manufacturing experience; or taken any form of lean training, you probably know that push and pull systems are two completely opposite manufacturing philosophies. If you talk to a traditional lean consultant, they will tell you that using a push system creates inventory and overproduction
What do companies overlook the most in their continuous improvement efforts? It’s easy, standardizing their processes. I’ve seen a lot of companies that fail to understand the importance of standardizing their processes; after all, how can you improve your productivity, reduce your defect rate or implement a continuous improvement program if everybody does everything differently.
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