Continuous improvement is made possible when every employee focuses on optimizing production processes and reducing waste. We recommend following the four steps below to successfully implement kaizen:
Step 1: Map the value stream.
The value stream in lean manufacturing refers to certain tasks that need to be performed to create products or services. It’s important to identify what will create value for the customer. Once that’s been confirmed, the process to create that value can be mapped.
Step 2: Implement the 5 S’s of kaizen.
It’s important to apply the five S’s in manufacturing to improve workplace practices and employee productivity.
Step 3: Identify the 7 types of muda.
Muda is the Japanese word for waste. The seven types of muda are overproduction, idle waiting, moving unnecessary parts, overprocessing, excessive inventory, unnecessary movement of people and defective parts. It’s important to avoid all waste to continuously improve manufacturing processes.
Step 4: Optimize processes.
Once you’ve implemented the five S’s and looked for the seven types of muda, you’re ready to optimize processes. You’ll have a better idea of how to tackle inventory, production and day-to-day tasks once you’ve completed the above steps.
Step 5: Measure progress.
It’s important to measure progress and do a before and after comparison. Stakeholders will have greater insight into whether these changes have made a difference.
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