A lean audit is the first step toward lean manufacturing, and it is extremely important to do it right.
First of all, it is important to work with your team throughout the entire process. “It is important for everyone to know that the evaluation will not lead to punishment or job loss. The idea is to make the facilities more cost competitive, efficient and safer. In the end, doing these things will improve the overall workplace and help secure jobs.”
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Operations expert, Henry Quesada Pineda from Virginia Tech shares an effective tool for conducting lean manufacturing and process improvement audits. This resource can help you improve your operations. Every manufacturing plant that wants to stay in business looks for ways to lower costs and become more efficient. Your competitors are always striving to drive out cost. This is especially true in the highly competitive forest products sector, particularly pallet and sawmill companies. You may have heard of lean manufacturing and be familiar with its core concepts. But how well are you doing lean at your facilities? The only way to really know is to conduct a lean audit. Even the idea of such a review may sound daunting and expensive. But with a few simple tools you can start the process and begin a transformation on your systems that will save money on your bottom line. Read More