The future of a successful organization

At the first meeting I met with one of my clients, he said he wanted to launch the TPM (Total Productive Maintenance product) at the production plant. I asked him, "Why?". My client looked at me with surprise and said, "Because they want it from me."

The introduction of Lean production in production or management is not an end in itself or should not be! With the introduction of the Lean system, the goal to be pursued is to improve performance, reduce delivery time, increase the degree of innovation, etc., thus improving the overall quality.

The Lean system has two different components:

1. Techniques and methods such as 5S, TPM, SMED, VSM, etc. These are used to improve performance.


2. The philosophy behind the techniques and methods is philosophy aimed at removing eight types of waste (overproduction, waiting, transportation, overproduction, inventory, movement, defects and waste of unused human talent); all waste in human activities.

Lean philosophy is to ensure continuous improvement of the results achieved with Lean techniques and methods.

Long-term success requires the organization's awareness and build up with Lean philosophy and principles.

Lean techniques and methods form a unit that depends on one another. For example, the Single-Minute Exchange of Die (SMED) cannot be implemented successfully without 5S or TPM. It is based on people's responsibility, standardization, in Kanban. The examples can continue. Due to these relationships, techniques and Lean methods cannot be implemented separately.

Although the introduction of a particular technique or method may have short-term success, results can only be sustained in the long run if the Lean system is implemented in assembly; this provides the basis for a permanent and continuous improvement. Lean is a chain of production, in which all techniques and methods are linked. When all links are linked, drag "lectures"; continuous development, but if a single relationship is missing, the unity of the whole process is lost and quickly interrupted.

Returning to the customer's request for the introduction of TPM because they wanted it, this kind of work means long-term waste that is contrary to the principles of Lean philosophy.

Building a Lean manufacturing system on the output or service brings significant benefits to the company and thus increases the value of the product / service. In order to achieve these benefits, it is first necessary to involve the whole company, to involve the management, which is responsible for the implementation of the system and adherence to the system. Problems that inevitably resolve are not masked or avoided.



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