In order to create flow, you must first see it. One of the best tools to see flow is value stream mapping. Value stream mapping is a visualization method of mapping the flow of value from raw material to customer.
The topic for Workshop #3 is Value Stream Mapping
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 to 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 the future state map is developed, targeted improvements will be found, and a kaizen (star burst, Continuous Improvement) event can be placed on that area. An implementation plan can comprise kaizen events, tying each improvement to a business objective as a physical measurable goal is established to highlight when the goal is attained. Eventually, a future state map will become the current state as the process continuously improves.
Value stream mapping is an excellent way to get everyone to see their value stream and agree to eliminate waste.
- Michelle Holland, Head of HR/Transformation , Cara Partners
- Jennifer Stratton, Lean Specialist, Reagecon
This session is Free of Charge, but registrations is essential.
The link to join this webinar will be shared via email a day before the event or simply CLICK HERE to join.
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.