Using Lean strategies to eliminate waste while creating value in a production environment
Koenig, Matthew M.
University of Wisconsin-Stout
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The problem at ABC Doors and Hardware was the lack of efficient manufacturing in the production area. Project material was consistently delayed on the production floor which increased customer lead times and costs. Implementation of lean strategies by the Kaizen team allowed ABC Doors and Hardware an opportunity to identify costly waste in the supply chain and take steps to eliminate it. Time studies revealed the material sorting category was a major bottleneck and by implementing a setup associate along with a Kanban information tag, lead times could be shortened by twenty percent. Reducing lead times by twenty percent also increased production capacity.
Continuous improvement process