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If you often create standardized work and must to analyze it,
such as Standardized Work Analyze Tool, Production Capacity Sheet, Yamazumi Chart

If you are familiar with the Toyota Production System / Lean,
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"Standardized work is one of the most powerful tool in Lean / Toyota Production System.
Standardized Work Containing the current best practice, standardized work forms the baseline for Kaizen or continuous improvement. As the standard is improved, the new standard becomes the baseline for further improvements.
Improving standardized work is a never-ending process."

First step to KAIZEN (improvement).
Standardized Work is the basic foundation for improvement (KAIZEN) and to evaluate and find MUDA, MURA, & MURI.
There will be no improvement without standardized work.

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Standardized Work Combination Table Macro
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heijunka generator
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23. Lean Accounting Panel Discussion with Art Byrne, Jean Cunningham, Jim Huntzinger, Nick Katko, and Mike DeLuca
Many lean thinkers find the traditional accounting reporting completely out of alignment with the new lean management system. Part of PDCA is checking outcomes to help identify next steps, but if the financial language of business is not reliable to provide good information for evaluation and decision making, sustainment of good experiments is at risk. Is there a better way? Yes, according to the
I’ve been improving process efficiency for years with value-stream mapping, why did you write that it is misleading?
Dear Gemba Coach,  In your previous column you stated that value-stream mapping can be misleading. I’ve been using VSM for years to improve process efficiency – what can be wrong with that?
Frame the Work For Safety and Learning
The most important skill to master as a leader is that of framing the work, says Harvard Business School Professor Amy Edmondson. Frames consist of assumptions or beliefs that we layer onto reality. All of us frame objects and situations automatically. Great leaders understand this and manage frames intentionally.
Ask Art: Why is Takt Time So Important in a Lean Turnaround?
Takt time represents the beat of the customer, or, the rate of demand, says Art Byrne: "As the primary focus of the lean company is delivering more value to its customers than its competitors can, then conformity to their demands in a quick, efficient way is the main driver. Takt time is therefore what sets the tone for everything else."
The Challenges of Coaching
I’ve stepped into a new role recently, assuming responsibility for a variety of new-to-me jobs. One of my new jobs is writing this monthly e-letter. For this job, and many others, I have a lot to learn about the work, leaving me wanting for some semblance of routine, however small. As a team leader (i.e. player-coach), I’m also responsible for supporting others who find themselves in similar situa
Lean Consulting and Support

Not every business or up and coming lean facilitator has the money to pay a consultant potentially thousands of dollars a day to come and provide the help and support that they are looking for. Nor do they necessarily want…

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One on One Lean Coaching Online

One on One Support Improving your processes can be difficult if you do not know where to start, as can be implementing Lean Manufacturing Tools such as 5S or Value Stream Mapping. Our online coaching for Lean however could be…

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Setup Reduction SMED Coaching

“Send me a video and I will help reduce your setup times” Reducing setup time is a vital part of most Lean implementations if you want to be able to reduce batch sizes and improve process efficiency. SMED as the…

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Lean Process Improvement Coaching

“Send me a video of your process and I will help make it more efficient” One of the most common areas that companies are looking for when looking for any form of lean support is to improve their process efficiency.…

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5S PPTx and 5S PDF Downloads If you want to learn all about 5S then the following 5S presentations in ppt (PowerPoint) format and PDF format are available to you for free download. Please note that these 5S Training presentation…

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Value Stream Mapping of a Complete Product


Shahrukh A. Irani and Jin Zhou
Department of Industrial, Welding and Systems Engineering
The Ohio State University


Lean Thinking, a concept that is based on the Toyota Production System, extends continuous improvement efforts to reduce the costs of serving customer/s beyond the
physical boundaries of a manufacturing facility, by including the suppliers, distributors
and production system that support the manufacturing function [Womack and Jones,
1996]. These improvements and cost reductions are achieved by eliminating the muda
(wastes) associated with all activities performed to deliver an order to a customer. Wastes
are defined as "all activities that consume resources (add costs to the product) but
contribute zero value to the customer." According to Womack and Jones, there are five
steps for implementing Lean Thinking in an enterprise: 1) Define Value from the
perspective of the Customer, 2) Identify the Value Streams, 3) Achieve Flow, 4)
Schedule production using Pull, and 5) Seek Perfection through Continuous
Improvement. Womack and Jones define a Value Stream as "the set of all the specific
actions required to bring a specific product through the three critical management tasks of
any business: ...problem solving, ...information management, ...physical
transformation". Alternatively, Rother and Shook define a Value Stream as "all the
actions (both value-added and non-value-added) currently required to bring a product
through the main flows essential to every product" [Rother and Shook, 1999, p. 3].

Overview of Value Stream Mapping

Value Stream Mapping (VSM) is the process of mapping the material and information
flows required to coordinate the activities performed by manufacturers, suppliers and
distributors to deliver products to customers. Unlike the traditional process mapping
tools used by IE's, VSM is a mapping tool that maps not only material flows but also
information flows that signal and control the material flows. This enhanced visual
representation facilitates the identification of the value-adding steps in a Value Stream
and elimination of the non-value adding steps, or wastes (muda). Using VSM, many
OEM's and their top-tier suppliers have changed their existing facility layouts, as well as
existing systems for material handling, inventory control, purchasing and scheduling, to
reduce the total throughput times of orders and current levels of work-in-process (WIP)

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Value Stream Mapping of a Complete Product.pdf


Value Network Mapping (VNM)

Visualization and Analysis of Multiple Flows in Value Stream Maps


ZahirAbbas N. Khaswala and Shahrukh A. Irani 1
Department of Industrial, Welding and Systems Engineering
The Ohio State University

Outline of this Paper

First, the concept of Lean Thinking is introduced and reviewed. This is followed by an explanation of the basic concepts of Value Stream Mapping (VSM), with a listing of the advantages and disadvantages of VSM. Specifically, it is shown that the original VSM methodology breaks down in the case of "multiple flows in a value stream that merge" in the case of complex product BOMs. Next, the development of the proposed approach, Value Network Mapping (VNM), is explained in detail. Finally, the results from an industry project are analyzed and the potential benefits of the proposed approach are presented.

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Value Network Mapping (VNM).pdf




Flow of Product to Consumer
Used with kind permission from the book:
"Mechanism of a Factory with Illustrations"
Published by Nippon Jitsugyo Publishing.
by Mitsuo Matsubayashi and Hiroshi Watabe.
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Flow of Material and Information through the Factory
Used with kind permission from the book:
"Mechanism of a Factory with Illustrations"
Published by Nippon Jitsugyo Publishing.
by Mitsuo Matsubayashi and Hiroshi Watabe.
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Operation Flow of Whole Factory
Used with kind permission from the book:
"Mechanism of a Factory with Illustrations"
Published by Nippon Jitsugyo Publishing.
by Mitsuo Matsubayashi and Hiroshi Watabe.
Members of Waku Consulting Co. Ltd
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