Lean Manufacturing Facilities
Creating the World’s Most Efficient Facilities
You and your business – like all businesses – feel the need. The need for speed:
- Faster response to your customers’ demands
- Quicker conversion of orders to shipments, components to finished product, shipments to cash
- Higher inventory velocity
- Shorter lead times along your supply chain
Oh, and who doesn’t feel “the need for speed” in office and administrative processes?
But you face four daunting obstacles:
- If speed was easy, you would already be there
- You must be both speedy and more profitable
- Your plate is full just running your business every day – you can’t “tuck in” any improvement projects
- Your competition also needs speed, and they are pursuing it.
Speed – profitable speed –requires expertise, experience and Lean Flow techniques. It requires project-style focus and leadership. It needs to be sustainable when the project is done. And it needs to be speedier than whatever your competition comes up with.
You need FlowVision – we help you create The World’s Most Efficient Facilities, we use proven techniques, and our expert team members have decades of real-world experience. We lead, we guide, and we transfer our techniques to you, so you may complete your Lean Flow project into a sustainable Lean and Flow business strategy.
We are Lean and Flow experts. You are experts in your products, processes, markets. We work with you to define, and then execute, a Lean Flow implementation plan tailored for you.
First, we spend time with you, your products, your processes and your data. We create a Lean Flow Business Assessment. This concise, custom document outlines your best Lean Flow opportunities, proposed scope, quantified ROI (return on investment), “Rapid-Lean” timetable (weeks or a few months – not years), team members and roles, applicable Lean Flow techniques, and sustainability plan.
Next, FlowVision and your team execute your Lean Flow implementation. We use proven, time-tested, math-based techniques and tools – including kanban, takt time, balance and service level. For sustainability, we teach and transfer these techniques and tools to your team and your business. Our math-based approach utilizes three fundamentals, in this order:
- Physical Layout
This approach employs your reliable, confirmed data, ensuring that your team makes sound, fact-driven, emotion-free decisions. If you don’t have good data, we help you get it. We help you formalize this data, so you don’t lose it or let it become outdated. We teach you the calculations and their application to your environment. Our physical layout methods incorporate appropriate aspects of 5S, quick-changeover, cells, kanban supermarkets, flexible employees – and likely all those layout changes you have long wanted to make!
Our math-based techniques extend beyond just your four walls: Our proprietary, patented Statistical Kanban® tools enable you to achieve your strategic on-time targets, along both your supply chain and your demand-fulfillment chain.
Just as your business is different than any other business, so should your Lean Flow benefits potential be unique. Typically, our clients experience internal lead-time and work-in-process reductions up to75%, finished-goods reductions of 50% or greater, on-time-delivery that achieves strategic targets, and 20% or greater productivity improvements.
Like anything else of value, real Lean Flow has a cost – not a mere expense, but an investment with a compelling return. Typically, these costs include:
- Consulting – FlowVision consultants are skilled, seasoned, real-world, hands-on, practical and motivated
- Training – up-front education for your Lean Flow implementation team members equips them to complete the implementation as well, and as quickly as possible
- Physical facilities rearrangement – often, traditional physical layout impedes optimal Lean Flow
Many of our clients experience a first-full-year payback of between 4-to-1 and 10-to-1 on their Lean Flow investment. We are confident you will find your Lean Flow benefits, detailed in our Business Assessment, to be most compelling.
Call FlowVision at +1.970.262.6536 or contact us to get started with a Business Assessment for your company.