A problem statement describes what, where, how big and when the problem occurs. The statement is intended to be very clear and concise, focusing only on the issue or opportunity that was initially discovered.
The degree or process by which a multinational organization standardizes, integrates or combines activities around the world so that they use the same methods, no matter where the activity or method is being performed.
The Project charter is an informal contract between the organization and the team. A project charter will define the focus of a project, the problem, the goal, the scope, team and metrics linking the team's objectives together. The project charter often is revised multiple times throughout a project.
Assets is an accounting term that is used for items and resources that a company already owns. The term is used on a balance sheet to classify these items. Assets on hand are not the same as liabilities. The APICS Dictionary defines the term Assets as:
"Batching" or batch production is a technique used in both office and manufacturing environments. This type of production creates the object or activity over a series of workstations one stage at a time. The objects are created in "groups" or "batches."
One piece flow is the concept behind the just-in-time system. An environment that operates in a One-piece flow fashion is when items or services are processed in one piece at a time.
The ©STUDY activity was inspired by Mr. Taiichi Ohno's famous stand in the circle training method.
Continuous improvement is the act of making incremental and regular improvements, which is often referred to as kaizen.
Jidoka is a term that describes one of the key pillars of the Toyota Production System. Sakichi Toyoda first invented Jidoka or Autonomation back in the mid 1890's.
Takt time is a German phrase for the baton the conductor uses to set the tempo of an orchestra. In Lean and Six Sigma applications Takt time refers to the rate at which products, information and/or services need to be completed in, to keep up with customer demand. Much like the pulse of a heart rate, Takt time tells us whether we are beating at a healthy rate or we are falling behind.
Six Sigma is a strategy that gives organizations a structured means to improve business processes and solve problems. In other words, it is a methodology that uses different improvement tools in an effort to continuously improve business processes. The main focus or intention of Six Sigma is to decrease process variation and improve the quality of products and services. The result of improved business processes leads to increased performance, reduced defects, reduced variation, improved use of capital and resources and more stable and consistent results/outputs.
A spaghetti diagram is a tool used to track the amount of movement or distance traveled by a worker or materials. You can then use a spaghetti diagram to analyze what you tracked and improve the flow. As a tool that is used in the analysis of process flows, a spaghetti diagram reveals redundancy in processes and helps users to identify various forms of waste. The name comes from the reference of laying spaghetti noodles out to show the flow of materials or workers.
Managing inventory would be impossible without a means to track how much inventory is on hand and if it is an appropriate amount of inventory. With that being said, the days of supply metric is a useful metric that can show an organization how many days their existing inventory will last before it reaches zero or drops into their safety stocks.
Total Productive Maintenance can be a very powerful strategy in supporting the Just in Time System. In fact, it can be a powerful strategy in supporting any organization in general. The foundational measurement that is used in TPM is Overall Equipment Effectiveness. Overall Equipment Effectiveness or OEE as it is often referred to, is a key performance indicator used in the manufacturing industry to determine the efficiency of its plant operation. Most companies do not have a full understanding of their capacity on manufacturing equipment. OEE measures and makes your plants' effectiveness visual for everyone to see. You can then create actionable steps to improve quality and production, save time, and eliminate waste. It is important to note that OEE does not tell you what to improve, rather it is a gauge or a KPI to help you understand where to improve.
Total productive maintenance is a maintenance strategy which focuses on achieving improved performance, reduced breakdowns and better quality through the preventative maintenance and effort of employees.
A process is a sequence of interdependent and linked procedures designed to transform inputs into the desired outputs. Each stage of a process consumes some type of resource (e.g. time, energy). Some parts of a process are intended to create value while other parts of a process are intended to support the creation of value.
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Inventory waste is any unnecessary storage of materials, products or information.
One of the most important components of standard work is understanding what the cycle time of a process is. Cycle time is sometimes referred to as standard cycle time. Cycle time is the amount of time it takes to complete an individual operation or task from start to finish. In other words, the amount of time required to process one part. This includes processing time on a machine, any manual work that may be required, waiting, inspection, walking and any other activities involved in processing the one part.
We’ve all heard that Lean and the Just in Time System are the Same. And, while there are some similarities, the two systems are in fact, different. Generally speaking, the Just In Time System makes up one pillar of a Lean Organization and although the principles and techniques can be applied to service environments, the Just In Time philosophy is mainly used in manufacturing. The philosophy helps an organization achieve three main focuses:
Standard work is a detailed definition of the current agreed-upon steps needed for a person to complete one work cycle in the absolute best and most reliable method possible.
In Lean Six Sigma, flow is the term used to refer to a production or service environment that continuously moves value through the value stream without interruptions. An environment that has flow would have very low levels of muda, muri and mura.
Cash to cash cycle time looks at the amount of time, usually days, of working capital a business has tied up in managing its inventory or supply chain. Like many metrics, the more efficient the cash-to-cash cycle time is, the fewer days an organization's cash is unavailable for use.
Days sales outstanding or DSO as it is often called, is a ratio that measures the average number of days a company takes to collect its accounts receivable. When a company's DSO is short, it tells us that the company is faster at collecting payments from customers. This also means you are able to use the cash from sales sooner.
Inventory is listed as an asset on a firm's balance sheet and consists of the stocks or items needed to maintain production, support activities such as maintenance and repair, and provide customer service. Inventory typically is categorized based on its flow through the production cycle, using such designations as raw materials, work in process, and finished goods. Maintenance, repair, and operating supplies also are stocked to support the functionality of the firm.
Days payable outstanding ratio is used in accounting and finance departments that measures how many days, usually on average, it takes a company to provide payment to its suppliers. The higher a company’s DPO, the longer it takes to pay its bills.
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