Create Continuous Process Flow to Bring Problems to the Surface

Feb 23rd, 2009

So, life is good and all your problems and pains simply disappear by creating one-piece flow cells. Not by a long shot! In lean thinking, life will get tougher for a while—at least until you learn how to continuously improve your processes. Ohno explained: In 1947, we arranged machines in parallel lines or in an […]

Feb 22nd, 2009

When you try to attain one-piece flow, you are also setting in motion numerous activities to eliminate all muda (wastes). Let’s take a closer look at a few of the benefits of flow. Builds in Quality. It is much easier to build in quality in one-piece flow. Every operator is an inspector and works to […]

Feb 21st, 2009

In competitive rowing, a key position is the coxswain—the little person in the back of the boat who is calling “row, row, row.” He or she is coordinating the activities of all the rowers so they are rowing at the same speed. Get a maverick rower who outperforms everyone else and guess what!—the boat gets […]

Feb 20th, 2009

Often we think that increasing the speed of a process means compromising quality, that faster is sloppier. But flow achieves just the opposite—it generally improves quality. We show one defective computer, with an X on the monitor. That one failed to turn on in the test stage. In the large batch approach, by the time […]

Feb 19th, 2009

What is the ideal way to organize your equipment and processes? In traditional mass production thinking (the way most companies are organized), the answer seems obvious: group similar machines and similarly skilled people together. So mass production thinking sets up departments of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, accounting, purchasing, and manufacturing as well as departments for […]

Feb 18th, 2009

A good place for any company to begin the journey to lean is to create continuous flow wherever applicable in its core manufacturing and service processes. Flow is at the heart of the lean message that shortening the elapsed time from raw materials to finished goods (or services) will lead to the best quality, lowest […]