Value Stream Mapping
In their book, Lean Enterprise, Jim Womack and Daniel Jones established a set of principles necessary to transform traditional enterprise systems into Lean enterprise systems.
A problem-solving culture requires processes that behave in predicable ways. Standard work sets the requirements for process outputs, as well as process inputs of skill, method, material, machine, measurement and environment.
Standard work is the centerpiece of a Lean Enterprise as it creates process requirements and its expectations for those processes. Standard work establishes a single method to use enterprise processes and minimizes process variation caused by people, machines, materials, and the environment, enabling predictable results.
Every day, businesses large and small lose tremendous amounts of productivity to poorly coordinated process setups that add waste to value streams. Setup is the time required to change the production process from the last good product produced to the first good new product produced. Long setup times often go unnoticed, as they are not typically viewed as part of a primary process to build products.
Total Preventative Maintenance
Manufacturing and service organizations use various types of equipment to add value to material and information in the creation of products or services. When equipment performance is unpredictable, the ability for that process to achieve stability is diminished. And when a process is unstable, it becomes difficult to implement improvements and proactively solve problems.
MRC’s Maintenance Master Certification is taught by Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (CMRPs), and all sessions are held at on-site with local manufacturers to enhance learning with real-life examples. The workshops stress hands-on exercises and teamwork in order to improve equipment effectiveness, and participants become part of a maintenance professionals’ peer group to encourage networking and the sharing of best practices.
LEAN leadership Culture
Many companies embarking on Lean journeys soon become frustrated with Kaizen events and isolated improvement projects that yield great short-term results but lack the ability to deliver sustainable improvement.
Supply Chain Analysis
MRC, through the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) now gives manufacturers access to an innovative new strategic approach.