Optimizing Process Flow Using Value Stream Maps
Providing a framework that highlights waste and its negative effects on process performance, value stream maps (VSMs) are essential components for successful Lean initiatives. While the conventional VSM format has the basic structure to effectively describe process operations, it must be adapted...
To Be Published June 1st 2015 by Productivity Press
Creating Balanced Flow in High-Mix Process Operations
The Product Wheel (PW) design process has practical methods for finding the optimum sequence, minimizing changeover costs, and freeing up useful capacity. So much so, that the DuPont™ Company and Exxon Mobil are just a few companies that have used the product wheel concept to achieve and sustain a...
Published April 26th 2013 by Productivity Press
Dealing with Complexity
Compared to its widespread implementation across almost all areas of production, Lean improvement efforts lag within the process industries. While, a number of innovators have successfully applied Lean principles to these industries over the last two decades, most of those pioneering efforts were...
Published May 26th 2009 by Productivity Press