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.
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:
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