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What is Value Stream Mapping (VSM)

Value Stream Mapping (VSM) is a Lean tool, to visualize the various steps and their contribution to the overall process. Value When a product or service has been perceived or appraised to fulfill a need or desire–as defined by the customer–the product or service may be said to have value or worth. Components of value may […]

Industry Specific international Standards

There are many industry specific international standards other than ISO 9000 family. ISO 9000 family is the most widely used Quality Management System across the world. This is not specific to any Industry or Group of Industries. The requirements specified in ISO 9001 are generic and can be applied to a grocery shop to a […]

What is Rapid Improvement Event (RIE)

Rapid Improvement Event (RIE) is a 4-5 day process utilizing a team based methodology to apply the lean tools for seeing waste and making immediate improvement. The focus in a Rapid Improvement event is to work on the set up time or the Changeover time. Set-up Time Work required to change over a machine or process […]

De-bottlenecking process and improving throughput

De-bottlenecking is  one of the very good lean tools focus on reducing cycle time and improving throughput. One of the important toll used is to study the bottlenecks in the system and improving throughput. A systemic approach is taken in studying, analyzing and acting on the bottlencks. A similar approach is taken in the theory of […]

Cellularization or Cellular Manufacturing

In lean Manufacturing, Cellurization or Cellular Manufacturing is used to great affect. These are the Quality control tools used for cycle time reduction and set up time reduction. Cellular Manufacturing An approach in which manufacturing work centers (cells) have the total capabilities needed to produce an item or group of similar items; contrasts to setting […]

What is Autonomation

Autonomation: Described as “intelligent automation” or “automation with a human touch.” If an abnormal situation arises the machine stops and the worker will stop the production line. Prevents the production of defective products, eliminates overproduction and focuses attention on understanding the problem and ensuring that it never recurs. Please share this on facebook. if you […]

Policy Deployment – Benifits of planning and executing

Policy Deployment:  A one year plan, reflecting the long-term vision and the 3-5 year strategic planning objectives. A planning/implementation process that focuses on a few, major, long term, customer focused breakthrough objectives that are critical to a company’s long term success. This process links major objectives with specific support plans throughout the organization. Strategic Planning/Strategic […]

What is Andon

Andon – Definition A device that calls attention to defects, equipment abnormalities, other problems, or reports the status and needs of a system typically by means of lights – red light for failure mode, amber light to show marginal performance, and a green light for normal operation mode. Please share this on facebook. if you […]

Affinity diagram and Fish bone diagram

These Quality Control tools are used in problem Solving as a visual methods such as Affinity diagram and  Fish bone diagram. These are used in some lean programs also to make sure value stream and value addition. Affinity Diagram: – Definition A process to organize disparate language info by placing it on cards and grouping […]

What is A3 thinking

A3 thinking- Definition Forces consensus building; unifies culture around a simple, systematic methodology; also becomes a communication tool that follows a logical narrative and builds over years as organization learning; A3 = metric nomenclature for a paper size equal to 11”x17” Please share this on facebook. if you like this blog, like us on https://www.facebook.com/excellencementor