Brady - Sustain the Gains of Lean Improvements

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By Chris Rutter, Sr. Marketing Manager, Brady Worldwide Inc.

Visual Workplace Critical To Promoting Long Term Continuous Improvement

If your company uses lean practices to improve plant operations and business performance, or if you're considering a lean transformation, you're not alone. In recent years, more companies are adopting lean as a continuous improvement method to improve profitability, enhance customer satisfaction and maintain a competitive edge in the marketplace.

Within lean practices is a growing concept called "visual workplace", also known as visual factory or visual management, and it's a critical part of any lean initiative. Visual workplace helps sustain lean operations by using visual tools to ensure that improvements remain clearly visible, readily understood and consistently adhered to long after the lean event is over.

Opportunities to Reduce Waste

Businesses are often surprised to learn that only a small fraction of their activities actually add value for their customers. In a lean workplace, "waste" is any activity that adds no value for a customer. It's not uncommon that 50 percent or more of a facility's activities are considered waste!...

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