Lean manufacturing aims to optimise production processes to the highest level of efficiency utilising the minimum amount of resources. By implementing a strategic approach to manufacturing which values customer service above all else, a company can remain competitive, enhance productivity and maintain an effective use of resources. An outstanding production system which has consistent access to real-time information, a strong supply chain, and efficient stock management will assist your company in achieving a competitive advantage
Team BDS understands that lean manufacturing practice is best achieved by identifying and eliminating waste. We approach each business on a case-by-case business as no two companies will be at the same stage, nor will they have the same requirements. We look at your strategies and performance in the following areas, although this list is not exhaustive:
Transport : We identify where items such as stock and materials are being moved unnecessarily between locations.
Production : We identify whether too much or too little inventory is being produced, or whether it is being produced too fast or too slow.
People Power : We look at the labour force involved in the manufacturing process, identifying where skills are not being utilised and if feedback and training is not being taken on board.
Time : We assess the time required to complete processes, delays caused by waiting for parts or people, work stoppages caused by malfunctioning machinery.
Having assessed these areas, we utilise the Five Principles of lean manufacturing and their application, combined with Six-Sigma methodology. Team BDS provides training and implementation support, and selects the most relevant improvement methodologies for each particular challenge faced by your manufacturing company.
The Five Principles of Lean Manufacturing
1. Identify Value – Understanding what value the customer places upon the product or service.
2. Map the Value Stream – Looking at the life-cycle of the product from raw material right through to customer use and subsequent disposal in order to identify areas of waste.
3. Create Flow – Ensuring that all aspects of the production process are moving efficiently and in harmony with one another.
4. Establish Pull – Improving the efficiency of the production process to the point where nothing is produced unless the customer needs it. The aim is to reduce the time it takes to produce and ultimately deliver the product to the customer, but this is only achievable if all processes are working in ‘flow’ with one another.
5. Seek Perfection – constantly striving to eliminate wasteful processes in order to achieve the perfect product and exceptional customer service.
Six-Sigma is a set of techniques and tools used to aid process improvement. The goal of Six-Sigma is to achieve 99.99966% outcomes which are defect free.
We would be delighted to discuss how we can help your business implement Lean Manufacturing excellence. [Contact us] today to find out more.