Quick Learning Kits Can Speed Up Lean Implementation:
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From the smoke of the recent economic crises and widespread recessions, the Lean Management system has emerged as a leading choice for businesses trying to combat bad financial times through restructuring their organization. Basically, by becoming Lean.

Lean is Simple, But Not Easy:

The basic concepts behind the Lean philosophy are very simple and straight forward:

Increase Efficiency: Rework your processes to be efficient, effective and fast. By eliminating any elements that are not part of the actual job being done, you create workstations that are clean, clutter free and streamlined. Storing tools and supplies in easy to access racks and trays reduces the amount of time spent on each step in your process.

Eliminate Waste: One of the key elements of Lean is the reduction and, when possible, elimination of waste. Wasted materials, time, money, space are all areas that are addressed by Lean Methodologies.

Reduced Cost: While eliminating waste will contribute to lower costs, Lean seeks to make sure that every expenditure is cost effective. This does not mean always going with the cheapest option, but a Lean system considers every purchase carefully, looking for ways to save money without affecting efficiency or quality.

Continual Improvement: Lean embraces the concept of Kaizen, a Japanese word that means ‘Continual growth and improvement’. The Kaizen approach means never standing still but always looking for ways to extent Lean into different aspects of your organization.

Supplies:

The Lean system is not just a series of principles. It is based on carefully thought out tactics and strategies that will help to make each of the changes required to make your system Lean. To aid in this process, Lean comes with a full set of lean supplies that are designed to work seamlessly with the Lean methodologies. These cover a number of aspects of Lean:

Lean Communications: Lean depends on a simple and comprehensive communications system that allows information to flow freely from management to workforce and from the workforce back. In order for this system to function, specific supplies must be on hand to facilitate communications:

o Notice Boards: Bulletin Boards and Kiosks used by Management to communicate directly with the workforce using colorful and easy to read notices.

o Tags: Notice tags are used to allow any person to make an observation about any aspect of a Lean system. These can be potential problems or ideas for improvements. The tags are filled out and tied to the area where the issues or idea pertains.

o Log Sheets: These are used to record information that must be evaluated and dealt with by someone within the organization. Red and Blue tags are among the things that are recorded for future handling.

Lean Training: In order to function properly, Lean training is essential. Not just for management or key personnel, but for the entire workforce. Lean is not just a set of rules to follow and lists to check off. It is an overarching philosophy that guides and influences every decision, large and small.

Get a Head Start with Learning Kits:

Quick Learning Kits are a good way to help you integrate the basics of Lean into your system in the least amount of time. A good place to start is with the Red Tagging Set from Enna. The Red tags are among the most well-known elements of Lean and are an important part of your initial Len implementation. This kit will help you to establish Red Tags in your operation in record time.

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