Save on learning how to implement and then support flow at your pacemaker process and throughout your facility.
This workbook is the next logical step after Learning to See, which defined the pacemaker process and the overall flow of products and information in the plant. The next step is to shift your focus from the plant to the process level by zeroing in on the pacemaker process, which sets the production rhythm for the plant or value stream, and apply the principles of continuous flow.
This workbook explains in simple, step-by-step terms how to introduce and sustain lean flows of material and information in pacemaker cells and lines, a prerequisite for achieving a lean value stream. You'll learn: where to focus your continuous flow efforts, how to create much more efficient work cells and lines, how to operate a pacemaker process so that a lean value stream is possible, how to sustain the gains, and how keep improving.
Making Materials Flow describes in plain language another step in implementing a complete lean business system: how to supply purchased parts to the value stream in order to support continuous flow. The problem many companies face is how to sustain steady output in a continuous flow cell. The answer is a lean material-handling system for purchased parts that supports the entire facility, including continuous flow cells, small-batch processing, and traditional assembly lines.
This workbook explains in plain language how to create such a system by applying the relevant concepts and methods in a step-by-step progression. The workbook reveals the exercises, formulas, standards, and forms that a consultant would use to implement the system in your environment. And, like LEI's other workbooks, Making Materials Flow answers the key question managers often have about lean manufacturing tools and concepts, "What do I do on Monday morning to implement this?"