Feb 24 2015
Sep 5 2013
This form is of interest because it comes from Toyota. Note that, in Toyota literature, to “add value” means physically changing the product. It is not used in the US Lean sense of something a customer is willing to pay for.
The labels for some of the waste categories are unusual. “Defects” is here labeled “Rework,” which seems to exclude the option that defective products are just scrapped.
This audit form has no checkboxes, but instead blocks of space to enter free text. It is even followed by an overall “Notes” section.
What this says is that the purpose of the form is to prompt teams to observe and record their findings. It is not about scoring areas or lines on any scale. It is to help improvement efforts, not benchmark against others.
See on www.toyotaforklifts.co.uk
Aug 18 2013
“The Theory behind Obeya is based on a simple idea: Dedicate time and space to coordination and problem-solving and organizational barriers will be minimized.
The ability to maintain Proper Problem Awareness in Real-time, listen to Teammember concerns, make discoveries, resolve problems together, collaborate, accelerate leader and team-member development and reach our full potential is critical to a Lean Organization
The Obeya promotes coordination, strategy and flexibility while leveraging the expertise and support of teammates from diverse areas.
The Result: Effective solutions and actions that can be developed and implemented quickly…”
A clear presentation, with many informative pictures, as befits this topic.
Jul 29 2013
If founder Elon Musk is right, Tesla Motors just might reinvent the American auto industry—with specialized robots building slick electric cars in a factory …
Tesla just released this promotional video showing glimpses of its factory, the former NUMMI plant in Fremont, CA. Tesla is partialy owned by Toyota.
See on www.youtube.com
Jun 24 2013
“The implementation of this organizational model of production [Lean] may result if certain conditions are not met, in a deterioration of the workers´ health (musculoskeletal disorders, psychosocial risks, accidents).”
This document, from a French government agency, asserts that the implementation of Lean could make saferty worse in French plants. This might suggest that, without Lean, safety in French plants is adequate.
Lean is debated in France with the zero-sum assumption that, if you improve productivity and quality, it can only be at the expense of something else, usually safety. The idea that you can improve all dimensions of performance at the same time is not accepted.
My experience of French plants is of safety levels that are perhaps higher than China’s but a far cry from what you see in Japan or the US. The accidents waiting to happen range from people and forklifts sharing space without marked aisles, wine served in factory cafeterias, slick floors in metal working shops, operator jobs that require long carries of heavy parts,…
While it is conceivable that a poor Lean implementation could make this even worse, a reasonably good one is guaranteed to improve on this dismal situation, simply by paying long overdue attention to the details of operator job designs. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with the INRS summary of recommendations, but they are already part of Lean.
See on osha.europa.eu
Jun 19 2013
“Welcome to the Press Shop at Burnaston, where immense presses exert thousands of tonnes of pressure to transform sheet steel into intricate body panels, and …’
Yesterday, Toyota UK posted eight videos on Youtube, showing various stages of production of an Auris at their Burnaston plant. So it is a current look at their production process.
See on www.youtube.com