Lean From The Get-Go by Derek Korn.
This short article does a nice job of illustrating several interesting lean concepts in practice.
One important lean production concept is to reduce the physical distance traveled. Most distance traveled must be non-value added and therefore should be reduced. Lean operations also have shown eliminating clutter creates significant gains.
3. Setup Photos – Each time a new job is set up, R&D takes photos of the fixtures, tools – anything that will be helpful in setting up the job again so there is no wheel-reinvention the next time that job comes through the shop. These photos, along with standardized work sheets, are included in each manila job folder.
One great thing about some lean concepts is they are not complicated to understand. It doesn’t take weeks of training to understand what to do. The hardest part is deciding to take the time to apply lean concepts. As the article starts:
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