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

Getting ready to implement the next stages.

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

But, wait…what’s the purpose of Straighten and See?

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

What you’ll be doing.

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

Everything gets a marked and labeled home address.

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

Mark equipment and machinery so that it’s easy to operate and/or monitor safely.

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

Establish easy-to-see information.

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

Why you need to do it.

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

Getting started.

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

You started with boxes and arrows.  There are triangles, too.

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

Now you need to gather some data.

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

First, take a look at the map you’ve drawn.

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

A real life example to download.

How to Implement Lean Manufacturing: Simplify and Solve – Value Stream Mapping and Team Problem Solving: Part 7

Making sense of the data on your VSM.

How to Implement Lean Manufacturing: Simplify and Solve – Value Stream Mapping and Team Problem Solving: Part 8

More making sense of data.