do we think Lean is and isn't?
is a methodology that strives to balance
production to demand, while minimizing cycle
lead times, and inventories. It is a continuous
journey, where improvement is an ongoing
effort shared by the entire company from top
to production line workers and all those
in between. Workers and production lines must
be flexible; management must stay true to
principles of lean. Everyone in the company
must be working towards the same goals (as
opposed to having conflicting goals where
purchasing gets bonuses for favorable PPV causing
to buy in large quantities to get discounts, while manufacturing gets bonuses for low inventory
true beauty of lean lies in its simplicity
and results. It is so simple, that many of
its proponents feel a truly lean factory can
run without the aid of computer systems. This
is accomplished by creating a “visual factory”
where the factory workers know how much to
make by visual cues rather than a printed schedule.
We only make stuff at the rate our customers
buy the stuff.
from the world where not everything is quite
so simple, we feel that a properly designed
enterprise system will aid in the lean plant.
Though we strongly believe in the visual factory,
we recognize that there are places where this
isn't possible. Some companies have requirements
to track lot and serial numbers. Hence, a system
that allows order less manufacturing (that
is not having to create a work order or repetitive
order), has lot and serial number tracking,
and can produce electronic pull signals (kanban),
and can do traditional push of MRP for those
operations not converting to lean (it is not practical to believe that the entire plant can
always be instantly converted to lean), is
the perfect fit for a company on a learn journey.
Creek staff has been part of many lean journeys.
We are aware of the great benefits that can
be reaped as well as what needs to be avoided.
Sabino Creek would be happy to help guide you
on your journey