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    Working on processes and outcomes

    Lean manufacturing is a broad term that covers more than you might realize. 

    The Fabricator said, "Many leaders, managers, and even front-line employees get fixated on achieving outcomes. That might be OK in the short term, but it becomes a problem in the long term. Improvement does not come from getting everyone focused only on outcomes."

    Don't just focus on those outcomes - focus on the processes that lead to them. Lean manufacturing can help you streamline those processes for higher efficiency!

    Recommended ReadHow lean manufacturing focuses on both processes and outcomesSource: http://www.thefabricator.com

    If your routing consists of burning, bending, and welding, you’d focus on the process by measuring the on-time performance of the burn operation, managing the changeovers on the press brake to continually drive out the non-value-added changeover time, and verify that standard work (heats, feeds, speeds, and sequences) is being followed to reduce variation.How many times have you found yourself in a production or staff meeting only to be berated by someone higher up because a shipment was late or extra resources were expended to get the order to the customer on time?Read More

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