Lean Manufacturing Concepts Discussion

Howard Atkins

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Re: Lean Manufacturing - Discussion on Concepts

Yes , the whole issue needs de bunking.
I was at a large multinational that used 6 sigma to find out that operator error is caused by discipline.
They also had a target of 50 programs a year.:frust: :frust:
 
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Hugo Gon?alves

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Re: Lean Manufacturing - Discussion on Concepts

Hello Everyone,

Out of the blue here, but anyonecan tell me what is LESAT in lean context.
I believe it is some kind of assesment tool. If so, does anybody has some literature or files about it?

Thanks
 
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Chagrin Rick

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There are a lot of threads here on lean thinking . . . and even some good ones on lean doing.

Is it possible to carry lean too far?

Hummm, dont know . . . for me, I am so lean, I swallow a wad of tissue paper about a half hour before potty . . . so I don't have to waste time to wipe.
Good one!
 
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Des Williams

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I have a few questions I would like you guys to think about !!

Why do we call this lean and make a big hype about it ?
Is it to get people focused on what is needed in a business ?
Why arent we already focused on this?
Why does a company needs so called "fads" to implement change?
(no one needs to defend Lean, I am not calling it a Fad - but using it as an example)

There is only one answer to all of those questions! if you are not doing above already your management is not focused on the business needs / customer needs... when this happens there is only one direction your company will head. (putting in lean and looking for quick wins will never fix this under pinning problem)

All the things in lean / six sigma / VAVE are very simple concepts that we all do in our day to day family life ....but we dont have any consultants helping us on the way ....
 

Ajit Basrur

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All the things in lean / six sigma / VAVE are very simple concepts that we all do in our day to day family life ....but we dont have any consultants helping us on the way ....
Great point 12345. I totally agree with you. :applause:
 
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Chagrin Rick

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12345 asks:
"Why do we call this lean?"

I'm not sure. It's a bad moniker. I end up having to explain to employees that, no, it's not about getting rid of their jobs and to managers that, no, it's not (primarily) about cost cutting. And it sure as heck has nothing to do with getting "mean". I (and others) prefer to call it "agile manufacturing". For one, that's more accurate.

"...and why do we make a big hype about it?"
Who's making the big hype? The business press? They're in the business of selling mags. Of course they hype whatever they can. Consultants? We can't sell what folks don't want so which comes first the chicken (organizations ask us to provide specific services) or the egg (we market specific services that organizations buy)? If there were more hype, perhaps more organizations would actually be implementing it.

"Is it to get people to focus on what's needed in a business?"
Too much of the literature and discussion I've seen on lean has the wrong (or at least, slightly off track) focus as it is, so I don't think this is it.

"Why aren't we already focused on this?"
That's the $64,000 question. Why can't I get a roomful of senior execs who'll discuss at length the minutiae of carrier pricing to discuss the strategic implications of improved product quality? Point being, even the folks at the top of the house aren't focused on the right things.

"Why does a company needs so called "fads" to implement change?"
It's only a fad if you don't stick with it.

"All the things in lean / six sigma / VAVE are very simple concepts that we all do in our day to day family life ....but we dont have any consultants helping us on the way ...."
I don't have an accountant to help me balance my checkbook. I don't have a staff engineer to help me change the oil in my car. I don't have Emeril fix my supper. Families and most companies differ in goals, resources, and complexity. The comparison isn't apt.
 
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Chagrin Rick

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Hjilling asks:
"Two, "Lean" done right, does not ADD cost??!! If Lean adds cost, why the H*** would we want to do it???"

Because it might help us differentiate our product in some other way that is attractive to the market. Like get it there faster.
 
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Chagrin Rick

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RCBeyette asks:
"Simplistic situation:

If our competition is making a widget at a cost of $10 and selling at $20, they're making $10 profit.

If costs us $15 but we too sell at $20, we're only making $5.

Who stands the better chance at survival? (Yes, I know, there are other factors here...I said this was a simplistic situation)."

I don't know. Are we selling more of our widgets because, even though they cost the same, we get them to the customer quicker, they last longer, work better, and we have better customer service? Then we might make more profit.
 
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