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3 Tools to Minimize Waste: A Boon to Lean Manufacturing Strategies

Lean Manufacturing Strategies

Lean manufacturing is one of the leading waste minimization technologies inside a manufacturing industry. Most of the manufacturing industries have already incorporated lean manufacturing strategies to undermine the non-additive materials from their products. It is a systematic approach to identifying the waste or non-value added materials and removing them to give out the best quality material to the customer.

Companies of all sizes are incorporating the lean principles and realizing a dramatic improvement in quality, productivity and most importantly customer experience. The Process is called lean as it focuses on producing more with less number of people.

The 3 Most Important Tools for Lean Manufacturing Strategies

1.) Powder Coating Technique:

A faster and conventional powder coating technique enables the manufacturer to recognize the change in color of powder coating booths when exposed to heat. Powder coating is long lasting and resistant to variable shift in temperature. A Powder coating booth comes with ample space for coating and testing of the materials ensuring the minimum amount of waste production during the process.

Powder coating equipment requires electrostatic energy to pull a dry powder to stick to the metal. However, big or small the company size be, lean principles are a must to be followed to enhance the productivity and also the customer experience with the product.

2.)  Follow the 5S Program:

The 5S program provides a scientific way of workplace management ensuring a completely maintained and balanced workforce.

Sorting: It involves removal of waste and non-additive materials and refining the product. Sorting is one of the primary steps to waste minimization through segregation of wanted and unwanted elements.

Set in Order: This involves keeping things in place and order for smooth & swift working experience. Although set in order can only be achieved after complete management of the workforce. Every product or material is assigned a place and kept in order

Shine: Once everything is held in the order it needs to kept clean and maintained for an efficient waste management process.

Standardization: Here we ensure that all the equipment are similarly colored, workers are professionally uniformed which can only be achieved through proper training and orientation.

3.)  Incorporate the 3 M’s (Muda, Mura, and Muri)

Muda: Muda is a Japanese word which means “Waste” and therefore at this level we try to eliminate waste and strive to attain zero waste material in our end products.

Mura: The Imbalance and Inconsistencies in the process are eliminated in this step making sure that the whole production process is balanced and well managed.

Muri: Muri, as the word suggest, is ‘Stress’ that comes with rigorous use of machines for long working hours or a frustrated and strain company employee needs to be reduced to facilitate a smooth working of the organization.

Lean Manufacturing of products in large scale Industries and factories will help:

Saving time and Money: Lean principles when followed strategically and incorporated in your business results in saving of both time and money. The strategy does not only work in the foreground but also helps in cutting the cost of production by optimally recognizing the areas of waste produced during the manufacture.

Elimination of Waste: A Step by step inspection of the kind and type of waste produced is done throughout the manufacturing process. The seven types of waste that need to be managed through the lean manufacturing strategies are:

  • Inventory
  • Overproduction
  • Motion
  • Waiting
  • Transportation
  • Defects
  • Over Processing

When dealt with complete proficiency and effectiveness with these seven types of waste in Industries and Organization it can result in total balance and management of the workforce. Lean manufacturing strategies are hence an important aspect that needs to be incorporated in all types of organizations.

Adam Robinson
Adam Robinson oversees the overall marketing strategy for Cerasis including website development, social media and content marketing, trade show marketing, email campaigns, and webinar marketing. Mr. Robinson works with the business development department to create messaging that attracts the right decision makers, gaining inbound leads and increasing brand awareness all while shortening sales cycles, the time it takes to gain sales appointments and set proper sales and execution expectations.
Adam Robinson
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