So How is Your Production Speed?

Is it growing? Does it take less time to produce? Yes/No? Do you know why? Sure you do!

That’s great if you do know but let me explain my point of view.

So there is a production and a worker (who works with that specific production). Worker have his own working style and production have its own working plan. At one moment worker becomes familiar with production and as a result that makes him working faster. You can’t tell the same about production it self (“production becomes familiar with workers working style and start produce faster” – bulls shit…). Production it self can’t become faster if no one is doing any changes to it.

Now how fast can your worker move? Or how long he can move fast like that? Where is that workers speed coming from?

When you don’t need to look at the working plan/documents/drawings/etc and do all the job only by using your head (as a memory device) that’s when you start working really fast and faster than that is unreasonable. Of course there is some freaks that is trying to reach a light speed but is this the kind of workers that you should be looking for? NO! How can you replace him when he will be gone? Production speed will go down to critical level!

What I try to say is that you should not work on improving your workers working speed. High working speed can lead to bad consequences in the production. Speed will come naturally with experience and it doesn’t have to be a light speed to do the job. If you will always work on improving the production speed it self what is not connected with human speed and in the way that if some one else would take over he wont need to have extraordinary memory or speed of lightning to produce at a same level as before. And if process will become simple to understand and easy to do it then it will naturally become fast.

Find a ways to improve production speed because it doesn’t have any limits and avoid improving workers speed because it can lead to bad consequences. Well in case you are trying to build army of 300 Spartan then you should do opposite ;).

Less questions = more work done (period).

Video

All the secrets of great company Toyota

Well it’s not any more a secret, because it is on youtube and most companies are using this type of system or similar. Also you can read it more on wikia or buy a book about it.

But if you want it simple just follow this two simple rules:

  • – Quality must be built in during the manufacturing process!
  • – Making only “what is needed, when it is needed, and in the amount needed!”

How do we think lean or How Lean is Ruining My Life

I have found this blog post by Danielle McGuinness with the title ‘How Lean is Ruining My Life‘ she rights about how lean thinkers see and think. I really like the end lines: ‘In truth, I enjoy the challenges presented by the fact that I see waste (wasted time, energy, materials, resources) everywhere! It just means opportunity for improvement is plentiful in the world and there are SO many reasons for us lean thinkers to keep doing what we’re doing and share the learning with others.’

It’s not that hard to be lean, some countries for example Japan is a very lean people country. They are lean not only at work but also at home or even at a friend place. And if you would like to read the whole Danielle’s story, just click the linked title.

Cheers Danielle you’re not alone!

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.