Lean Manufacturing helps companies drive toward greater efficiency and productivity while reducing waste. It’s an essential strategy for manufacturers that decreases operational costs and improves quality. One of the areas that it supports is accuracy. Lean manufacturing accuracy is critical for transactional print and mail. That’s why PCI Group adopted it.
What Is Lean Manufacturing?
Lean Manufacturing is a systematic method that an organization adopts to operate in the most efficient manner. Its foundation is continuous process improvement. It leverages tactics to identify and drive out waste. It’s not only a waste of materials but also time, effort, and motion.
To do that, it has five pillars:
- Sort: Eliminate the unnecessary
- Set in Order: Organize and identify parts and tools needed.
- Shine: Clean and inspect areas.
- Standardize: Ensure regular maintenance
- Sustain: Make 5S a habit
The idea behind these is to create a manufacturing floor that’s safe, organized, ready, and clean. In such an environment, companies can operate consistently. The next part of Lean Manufacturing is defining and establishing standard works.
What Are Standard Works?
Standard works come from 5S and document how operators perform work. Processes can have hundreds of steps, and a standard work breaks them down in the correct sequence. In doing so, you can optimize the tasks to improve quality and accuracy.
The reason they are so valuable is that they ensure consistency. Otherwise, operators may do the same tasks differently, which can cause issues. If there’s no definitive way, then there are many ways, and that’s confusing and detrimental.
So, how does a company create standard works? For PCI Group, we put those in the hands of the people that actually do the work. Our top-performing operators defined these and agreed on the “best” way. In all, we have over 270 standard works related to transactional mail and print.