Making Lean Work!                                                                    July 27, 2020

Article by Ty Haines

President, Manufacturer Solutions, LLC

MS Engineering, BS Business

40 years in manufacturing from Production Supervisor to President

Lean failures are unfortunately about as common as Lean success stories. I was contracted to start up Lean in one department that upon first walk through showed Final Assembly of multiple retail products:

  • Performed on dirty floor – tough ergonomics

  • Dark, crowded, remote

  • Work Instructions for many dozens of products were torn and marked up aged stapled copies placed on the floor by the product components

  • Needed tools were shared with other departments

  • Throughput was low, huge wasted labor hours during the 2-5 changeovers each day

  • Under a layer of grime on the wall was a 5S reminder sign

All of the above made the area a challenge to supervise, retain people and make quality products.

To read more on how we tackled this project and delivered solutions with results, click here


Working to catch up? We Are Ready to Help You Rebound!

  • Get Supplier and Internal Audits up to date for ISO 9000, IATF 16949, AS9100D and 13485.

  • Redesign work areas for social distance and/or barriers

  • Put in advanced quality systems as part of the diversified plan to enter medical, aerospace and/or automotive.

  • Get the Lean Out! Fix bottlenecks and take waste out of processes while business is slow.

  • Get the word out to customers you are ready to support their re-shoring of work to decrease risk.

Whether you do these internally or with Manufacturer Solutions, LLC’s help, one or more are worth your thought. We wish you success and are ready to help!

Caught up in the daily grind? We can help!

Since our team has manufacturing success at various levels and responsibilities, we are focused on delivering value.  Having sat on both sides of the table we are a bit frugal and respect the part of the value formula in keeping the cost down.  Many consulting firms lack the pragmatism, some have never gotten their hands dirty setting a tool or physically running equipment making parts:  we have because it is part of learning the whole operation.

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