Lean manufacturing isn’t something manufacturers can achieve overnight; and it’s certainly not a one-and-done process executed in a vacuum. To the contrary, waste elimination is achieved through enterprise-wide “lean thinking” and continuous, thoughtful improvement.
Here are four “musts” that will ensure your ongoing success in lean manufacturing.
- Stability and Standardized Work
Stability throughout the organization can be gained through a document control system (DCS) and workflow management engine. This ensures that relevant, accurate information is accessible to every operator at every work center. That includes standardized work instructions, inspection check sheets, and quality control plans, to name just a few.
- Continuous Improvement
End-to-end problem control and corrective actions/preventative actions (CAPA) help to identify issues before they occur and more easily correct problems should they occur. Actively working to reduce and control problems throughout the organization is the very core to continuous improvement.