Standard Work is the foundation for any continuous improvement or Lean program, and time observations are the starting point. They are the foundation for which all future improvements are based on. This article provides five quick steps to performing a good time observation.
The ISO 9001 standards are getting an update, with ISO 9001:2008 certificates becoming invalid in September 2018. This article highlights the major differences between the 2008 and 2015 standards, with a new focus on global operations and supply chains.
Shigeo Shingo was an industry leader of Lean manufacturing principles and philosophies. Originally brought on by Toyota to update their Training within Industry (TWI) coursework and later assisting in improving changeover times, Shigeo used his experience with the Toyota Production System to write several books, both in Japan and the United States. His work promoting Lean principles in the West is what he is most known for today.
What is the difference between Standard Work and Work Instructions? We have an analogy to help, Standard Work is like your GPS, while Work Instructions act as drivers education. One provides an efficient path from A to B, while the other teaches you specifically how to operate your vehicle.