Must Have Lean Products For Manufacturing Hipsters
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Must Have Lean Products for Manufacturing Hipsters

Every manufacturing organization likes to claim that they follow the principles of Lean. What was once a radical and foreign concept has become the standard for quality and process improvement. Unfortunately, when something becomes a standard, it sometimes loses its original meaning and context. I’m not being a hipster and claiming that I liked Lean before it was cool; I’m just reminding you that, in fact, some things really do get deluded when they go mainstream. Okay, I guess I am a Lean hipster.

With Lean so mainstream now, there are a lot of Lean products on the market. What is worth the purchase, and what amounts to little more than Kaizen snake oil? Stick with the necessities and you can’t go wrong. Here are the must-have Lean products .

Visual Management Devices

Visual communication is a big part of Lean methodologies, and especially the 5S method of workplace organization. Visual management devices cover a large category of products from colour-coding tape, to customizable storage devices, and materials for creating management display boards.

Standard Work Templates

Drafting standard work procedures can be a daunting task, but someone’s got to do it. Don’t start from scratch when there are so many standard work forms that can be customized to your needs from a basic template.

Analysis and Observation Forms

You have to know your current state, and properly designed observation forms can help you document this. There are a lot of categories and terminology in Lean, such as the 7 wastes, the 5 S’s, and the PDCA cycle. With the right form templates, anyone can catch on fairly quickly and start documenting problems right away. As all of us Lean hipsters already know, documenting a problem is the first step to solving it.

Lean and Kaizen Training Material

That’s right. If you want to use Lean Products, you have to teach and you have to study. Fortunately, there are more options than you get in school when it comes to process improvement methods. This category probably has the widest variety of product options on this list. Lean learning content comes in many forms, from books, to DVD’s, and even hands-on Lean games. There are a lot of know-it-alls out there, so make sure your content comes from a reputable source. The right guidance makes all the difference, and many top Lean thinkers are eager to share their expertise. If you buy the right training materials, you can get the results of a private Lean consultant without the steep consultant price tag.

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Lean is the good tool to manage the things.Lean help us to customize our process reduce the waste and help to improve the company productivity. Fortunately we have many sources to learn about lean and many people they do research on the lean that will help a lot in the future.

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