SMED is a systematic approach to quick changeovers in order to minimize machine downtime. >Lisez-moi en français To explain what SMED is good for to non-specialists discovering it, I use the laundry example. Let’s imagine the mundane washing machine is a very precious resource and it should wash (add value) as much as possible in … Continue reading SMED explained while doing laundry – Part one
Lean confusion is a 3-page article by Jill Jusko, posted on industryweek.com on Aug 13, 2010. Despite the time past, this article is still actual and may well continue to remain that way. This post is friendly recension of mine, having read it long after its publishing (2016 vs. 2010). Jusko’s article starts on the … Continue reading Reflecting on Lean – Lean Confusion by Jill Jusko
This is a behavior I’ve noticed quite often in food industry, in chemical or pharmaceutical plants: cleaning and sanitation processes (mainly their duration) are extended beyond the standard procedures at the expense of costs and production capacity. Fear of harming In the regulatory-constraint industries like food, chemical or pharma, people on shopfloor are trained and … Continue reading When enough is… enough
Improving changeovers in pharma industry is a relatively quick and easy way to… quick wins, faster and easier than usually assumed. This series tells you why. Episode III: How to and Why it works In the previous Episode I explained the background of the lag of many traditional pharma makers in regards to Industry Best … Continue reading Why SMED is quick win in pharma – Episode III
Lean guys are not always aware they triggered rejection of their ideas or suggestions themselves, only because of their behavior or their disregarding of some elementary rules. Here is a short list of 5 ways to trigger rejection on shopfloor. 1. Play the sensei A sensei, in lean lingo, is a recognized expert, which in … Continue reading 5 ways Lean guys trigger rejection on shopfloor
It’s an often heard criticism in our trade: “You consultants just say what we long know“. The last time I heard it, it was in a friendly tone from a nice chap I worked with, in a moment of exasperation about the situation I described and his scorched pride. I agree with that, what I … Continue reading You consultants – 3 reasons why you should better not blame them
Value Stream Mapping (VSM) is a great tool, that got really popular and stands as a one of the icons of Lean. In a nutshell, Value Stream Mapping is the schematic description of physical and information flow of a process or a value chain. It helps understanding the current situation and analyzing the causes of … Continue reading VSM start on (false) assumption
Depending the methodology, building a Goal Tree requires some time and attention from top management. The one I am thinking of is typically a two to two and half day seminar (when led by an expert). Therefore the Chiefs often hesitate to invest this time as they are already overbooked and question the necessity of … Continue reading Goal Tree: is it worth it?
How about a workplace suitable for efficient and safe work? What if any workplace can be transformed into it with three simple steps? Here it goes: 1. Simplify your workplace Make all you need for efficient work handy and visible, get rid of clutter and disturbing items. Give minimalism a try to have only what … Continue reading Three easy steps to better work environment
It happens periodically. When managers are faced with improvement challenge, they ask for benchmarks. Not because they’re eager to take it on competition but to check if by chance they’re not already better or at least good enough, thus escape the challenge. And this is only the beginning with trouble about Benchmarking. Benchmarking It is … Continue reading Benchmarking is only trouble!