Productivity, Lean Manufacturing
June 11, 2013
One of the most useful tools CNC machine shops have for reducing costs and improving performance is a concept called Value Stream Mapping. Typically used by companies who wish to implement Lean Manufacturing, Value Stream Mapping is a way to identify and analyze all of the activities involved in delivering a product or service to the customer. For CNC machine operations this could be anything from a single part to a complete product.
The goal of Value Stream Mapping is to critically address every step in the manufacturing process, identify wasted labor, time or materials and reduce or eliminate their impact on the process. Here are 7 steps you can follow to examine and improve virtually any manufacturing process.
By following these 7 steps, you can greatly improve the cost-efficiency of your manufacturing processes, eliminate waste and maximize customer value. You may never achieve 100%, but think of what an 80% improvement could mean for your business. As you work through the Value Stream Mapping process, the Gosiger team stands ready to help you every step of the way.