An efficient work environment is key in reducing cost and increasing profits. There are a lot of different methods you can implement to increase the efficiency of your warehouse, such as kaizen, kanban, six sigma or lean manufacturing. At Jekashop we offer different products which can be helpful while implementing one of these methods. On this page we will explain the method lean manufacturing and what this method can do for you.

Lean manufacturing, also called the lean method is a systematic method with which you are able to eliminate waste within the manufacturing process. By designing your manufacturing system in the right way you will be able to reduce time spent on production, by which you can increase your companies’ profit. Products such as floor marking, location signs, barcode labels and platform ladders can help you with the implementation of the lean method and increase your efficiency.

Lean manufacturing, an introduction

There are different names for this method with which you can organize your work environment: lean manufacturing, lean production, the lean method or simply “lean”. Simply put lean can be described as a systematic method for the elimination of waste (Muda) within the manufacturing process, waste created through overburden (Muri) and waste created through unevenness in workloads (Mura). The idea behind lean manufacturing revolves around making obvious what adds value by reducing everything else. Lean is a philosophy for management derived from the Toyota Production System (TPS), which is why the term Toyotism can also be used for the lean method. The steady growth of Toyota, which went from a small company to one of the world’s largest names in producing cars, has focused attention on the lean methodology.

The goal of lean manufacturing is the elimination of waste and Toyota defined three types of waste in the lean process: muda, muri and mura. For many lean implementations only the first type of waste is taken into consideration.

Muda means work which adds no value, every activity which drains resources but adds no value at all. Lean management entails the elimination of these activities. The original seven muda are:

  • Overproduction: producing ahead of demand
  • Inventory: all components not being processed
  • Motion: people or equipment moving more than required in the processing
  • Transport: moving products that are not required to perform the processing
  • Over processing: activities which are unnecessary in the processing
  • Waiting: waiting for the next step in production
  • Defects: effort involved in inspecting and fixing defects.

Muri focuses on the preparation and planning in the production process or what work can be avoided by a right production design. This is all the work imposed on workers and machines because of a lack of good organization. Work such as carrying heavy weights, moving things around, dangerous tasks and working significantly faster than usual. Because this work pushes someone or a machine beyond its limits, it might be asking for a greater level of performance than it can handle. This can lead to downtime, mistakes, back flows, waiting and a lot of useless waiting around.

Mura focuses on how a work design is implemented and elimination of inconsistency on a scheduling or operations level. This type of waste is discovered while the process is in place, which means it is dealt with reactively after completion of this process. This part of the lean methodology is dealt with by management, by considering the connections to the muri and mura of the process.

Lean manufacturing at Jekashop

An important part of the lean manufacturing method is increasing the efficiency a business process by eliminating different types of waste. At Jekashop we offer a range of products which can help reduce the variability and defects in a process by improving the efficiency of the production process and creating an orderly work environment.

First of all, floor marking can be used to reduce the amount of motion, people or equipment moving around more than required. With floor marking you can create paths to make sure people move around as efficiently as possible. Thanks to the large variety of colors and shapes we offer, you can even use these to indicate certain types of paths and areas. By indicating paths and sections you can also prevent defects as a result of accidents in your work environment. Products which can further decrease defects caused by accidents are safety mirrors and impact protection. Safety mirrors provide your employees with an overview of the warehouse, so they are aware of their surroundings at all times. Impact protection decrease the damage caused by accidents, creating a safe environment for your employees and materials. Other products which can reduce motion and over processing are our location signs and warehouse labels. Location signs can be used to indicate aisles, sections and other locations in your production environment. By using warehouse labels your employees will easily and quickly recognise products, materials or sections they’re looking for. With our variety of colors you can categorize your materials to prevent employees not finding the materials they need.

If you have any questions about lean manufacturing or our products, don’t hesitate to contact us.