-- The Foundation of the lean system is the most critical. The foundation explains the reasoning behind a particular operation or system.
-- The Management component means that management must support the lean system in a visible way, because it likely represents a major change in the way business is done.
-- Countermeasures are often what receive the most attention in lean environments. Countermeasures are not a means to an end, but rather a part of the overall solution.
When implementing the three components of a lean system, consider these tips to help develop and improve your lean manufacturing work culture:
-- Make sure to use all three parts of the lean system.
-- Management should be out in their factory and workplace to demonstrate their commitment to the process. The best knowledge for improvement comes from the people who do the work.
-- Involve employees and give them the opportunity to help fix problems that they face every day.
-- Always look to improve countermeasures.
"Three Fundamental Components of Lean: Foundations, Management and Countermeasures" is episode number 13 in Rexroth's lean manufacturing podcast series, available for listening or free download from the company's website at http://www.boschrexroth-us.com/leanpodcast. The podcast series is also available from the iTunes podcast library and other podcast directories on the web.
Developed by Bosch Rexroth's Linear Motion and Assembly Technologies group, each eight- to ten-minute lean manufacturing podcast episode presents guest experts and information to help manufacturers and OEMs understand and apply lean principles and practices in their businesses.
Bruce Hamilton, president of GBMP
-- "When you're not starting out with that foundation, you're asking people to do something without explaining why it's important."
-- "In order for this process to work, management has to accept changing the management system so that they'll promote behaviors with employees that are conducive to improvement."
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