Mid-West Lean Network: Workshop 3 – Value Stream Mapping with Molex Ireland

  • Event: Mid-West Lean Network: Workshop 3 – Value Stream Mapping with Molex Ireland
  • Date: 05/04/2019
  • Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Venue: Molex Ireland Ltd., Shannon Industrial Estate, Shannon, Co Clare
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The Mid-West Lean Network: the second largest regional lean network in Ireland, after Waterford Institute of Technology’s Lean Enterprise Excellence Group, launched in November, was set up to strengthen and increase the existing culture of lean within the Shannon and the wider Mid-West region. Its aim is to enable each industry to broaden and strengthen their competitiveness through knowledge sharing and bench-marking against each other and different industries. 

Workshop 3 will take place in Molex Ireland and will look at Value Stream Mapping


In order to create flow, we must first see it. One of the best tools to see flow is value stream mapping. Value stream mapping is a visualization method that allow us to map the flow of value from raw material to customer.

Value stream mapping is performed in the following manner

  • Select product family
  • Create current state map
  • Create a future state map, using lean techniques
  • Create an implementation plan for future state
  • Implement the future state through structured continuous improvement activities.

Value stream maps are created on the shop floor, where we can identify process steps (process starting and ending points, where flow stops, and inventory accumulates). Data is gathered and documented on each process step, cycle time, changeover time, uptime & number of operators. As we develop the future state map we will find targeted improvements, therefore we would place a kaizen (star burst, Continuous Improvement) event on that area. Our implementation plan is made up of kaizen events, tying each improvement to a business objective as we establish a physical measurable goal that lets us know when the goal is attained. Eventually, the future state map will become the current state as we continuously improve.

Value stream mapping is an excellent way to get everyone to see their value stream and agree to eliminate waste.

 Presenters:  Fiona O’Rourke, Business Improvement Analyst & Theresa Kenny, Business Improvement Analyst, Coaching and mentoring cross functional teams whilst championing their needs, Knowledge share and Identify opportunities to improve. Analytical problem solvers with demonstrated ability to assess complex operational issues, identify defects and waste, and develop solutions that improve delivery, eliminate causes, achieve cost savings and enhance productivity.

About Molex Ireland:

Molex Ireland opened in 1971 as the first Molex European entity, and second outside of the US, manufacturing televisions, videocassette recorders and connector manufacturing​. In the ‘90s developed an expertise for manufacturing mobile phone components​. Today, Molex Ireland is part of the TIS Division (Transport & Industrial Solutions) with Key Markets in Automotive, Distribution, Industrial, Medical, Telecom and White Goods. We Design, Develop, Test & Manufacture. In Shannon we are fully integrated facility including R&D, Test Labs, Molding, Plating, Stamping, SMT and Automated Assembly.​ Shannon currently employs over 500 ​people.

Scheduled workshops for 2019 (dates to be confirmed):

Standard Work

Using Data to Drive Business

Shingo Model / Guiding Behaviors