Lean production is easy

Hello world!

Hehe thats what they write in the first post when you create a new wordpress blog. Probably I should use it too ;). So first of all I’m not a writer or a bloger or perfect in English language so be preprepared for everything.

My name is Vykintas and I have decided to spreed my knowledge about lean production. If you still don’t know what it is Lean manufacturing or lean production, often simply “lean“, is a systematic method for the elimination of waste within a manufacturing process. What!?… WASTE!?… Ups probably I’m in a wrong boat or I was informed wrong. OK if we imagine like this: the word waste = “time – we waste while working“. Then it would be closer to my understanding of a lean production. Never the less if you want more story about lean manufacturing you can get more information by flowing the words with a links.

So why I changed my understanding about the word waste in to a wasted time? It’s just because my lean production is concentrated on time which you work and which you waste while working. No no no don’t understand me wrong! It have nothing to do with drinking coffee, smoking, talking to co-workers or at all doing nothing, but we still should consider this as a waste of time ;). First lets look at one short video:

Yeh yeh I know that it’s more than 60 years difference and quantity of a crew members (and I’m not a F1 fan), but if we look at 2013 pit stop time, we will see that they don’t waste even 0.01s.

OK, so where we can save time when we already not wasting it even on a picking nose? Well there is still a lot of places  where we can waste it, and the biggest one is a bad working order. Just think about it when you need to pick up new parts for your order in 10th floor, when you work in the 1st. Yes I know, who would have make such a bad layout for your daily work (shoot him)… But trust me even if you need to walk 5m every time to pick up something for completing your job. Sooner or later you will move your self to be closer to that location or that location will come closer to you (If Mohammed will not go to the mountain, the mountain must come to Mohammed).

In my working experience I have observed a lot situations and this is one of them: I am producing different type of parts and components for other parts. And place them in a location where someone comes and picks them up when they need them. After some weeks of observing I have noticed a better location for it. It was only 5m closer to everyone who will be in need of this component, so I was thinking like this: “5m closer it means 10m because they are walking forward to pick up and backward to their working place and plus on their way there will be lees of time waste like, chatting with everybody who they are passing by”. Maybe this sound crazy and useless and like some people tell me, that I try to save seconds when the projects lasts weeks to finish… And I see everything like this: seconds for one person, minutes for all worker, hours for one department and it’s becoming a days for all the company. And now you ask your director “How much our company earns in one day?” And thats how much I have saved with only 5m.

Lets call this a small intro in to a big world and I will give you much more examples, videos and photos of a good/bad lean production working style.

Stay tuned and thank you for reading.


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