14 Sep 2021

Lead Time Reduction through Value Stream Mapping

2021-09-14T00:17:46-04:00September 14th, 2021|Categories: Inventory Management, Lead Time Reduction, Lean Manufacturing, Risk Mitigation|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Lead time reduction is something all manufacturers wish to achieve. By identifying work-in-process (WIP), value stream mapping helps to pinpoint which processes in a production sequence drive overall lead time. Finding ways to reduce work-in-process (WIP) helps to reduce lead time.

17 Aug 2020

Kaizen Post Event Weeks

2021-04-22T09:27:53-04:00August 17th, 2020|Categories: Lean Manufacturing|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

A common misconception is that the kaizen event ends with the actual event. Many find it a surprise that there are post-event activities following a kaizen event that is necessary to ensure the kaizen event’s success. In fact, the two to three weeks following the event week are designated for post-event activities meant to serve that exact purpose.

10 Aug 2020

Kaizen Event Week

2021-04-22T09:27:04-04:00August 10th, 2020|Categories: Lean Manufacturing|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Facilitating a successful kaizen event requires a sound plan and reasonable expectations. That way we can keep our team on task and be ready to recognize and address challenges as they arise. To assist in these efforts, the following is a recommended schedule for ensuring kaizen event week success.

3 Aug 2020

Kaizen Event Preparation

2021-04-22T09:30:35-04:00August 3rd, 2020|Categories: Lean Manufacturing|Tags: , , , , , |

Just like any event, adequate preparation is a key factor in kaizen event success. Always be sure to allocate sufficient time to prepare for your kaizen event. That said, it’s best to plan kaizen preparation in addition to your actual kaizen event. Our first tool in this effort is a kaizen timeline...

27 Jul 2020

Kaizen Event Roles

2021-04-22T09:30:02-04:00July 27th, 2020|Categories: Lean Manufacturing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Kaizen events are team efforts requiring participants to perform certain roles. Thus, a key part of kaizen event planning is assigning roles for the kaizen event. In this article we introduce a a few common key kaizen event roles and requirements necessary to ensure a successful kaizen event.