How to Implement Lean Manufacturing

You and I both know that there’s a heck of a lot written about lean manufacturing.  We also know that there’s NOT a heck of a lot written about how to actually implement lean manufacturing.  You know…how to get it started, what to do next, and how to keep it all going.

Well, that’s the problem this blog is intended to solve.  And to make it all more user friendly, I’ll be putting all the implementation articles (or, more precisely, links to all the articles) right here.

How to Implement Lean Manufacturing – Strategy and Spread the Word: Part 1

Before you get started, you’ll need some Goals, you’ll need some Metrics, and you’ll need a Calendar

How to Implement Lean Manufacturing – Strategy and Spread the Word: Part 2

Next, you’ll need to tell everyone in the organization what the Goals and Metrics are and what’s on the Calendar.

How to Implement Lean Manufacturing – Strategy and Spread the Word: Part 2(a)

Some good ways to Spread the Word.

How to Implement Lean Manufacturing – Strategy and Spread the Word: Part 2(b)

More good ways to Spread the Word.

How to Implement Lean Manufacturing – Sort and Shine (5S): Part 1

First, you have to do some planning.  Always some planning.

How to Implement Lean Manufacturing – Sort and Shine (5S): Part 2

You’ll need a Plant Map.

How to Implement Lean Manufacturing – Sort and Shine (5S): Part 3

You’ll need to assign responsibility to teams.

How to Implement Lean Manufacturing – Sort and Shine (5S): Part 4

Here are some of the other important elements you’ll need:  schedules and audits.

How to Implement Lean Manufacturing – Sort and Shine (5S): Part 5

And here’s how Sort and Shine comes together.

How to Implement Lean Manufacturing – Straighten and See (5S): Part 1

How to Implement Lean Manufacturing – Straighten and See (5S): Part 2

How to Implement Lean Manufacturing – Straighten and See (5S): Part 3

How to Implement Lean Manufacturing – Straighten and See (5S): Part 4

How to Implement Lean Manufacturing – Straighten and See (5S): Part 5

How to Implement Lean Manufacturing – Straighten and See (5S): Part 6

How to Implement Lean Manufacturing: Simplify and Solve – Value Stream Mapping and Team Problem Solving: Part 1

How to Implement Lean Manufacturing: Simplify and Solve – Value Stream Mapping and Team Problem Solving: Part 2

How to Implement Lean Manufacturing: Simplify and Solve – Value Stream Mapping and Team Problem Solving: Part 3

How to Implement Lean Manufacturing: Simplify and Solve – Value Stream Mapping and Team Problem Solving: Part 4

How to Implement Lean Manufacturing: Simplify and Solve – Value Stream Mapping and Team Problem Solving: Part 5

How to Implement Lean Manufacturing: Simplify and Solve – Value Stream Mapping and Team Problem Solving: Part 6