What is Lean management?
The Lean management philosophy is a practical way to adapt your processes in order to meet your customers’ requirements in the most efficient manner. Anything with no added value, and for which your customer is therefore not ready to pay, is regarded as ‘waste’. In essence, the Lean approach aims to ban all forms of waste in order to make operations more flexible. In short, employees are only assigned to value-adding activities.
- 90% reduction in the Work-in-Process (WIP)
- 50% drop in rejects and reworking of non-compliant products;
- 50% reduction in the surface area necessary.
- 10 to 15% increase in productivity
(Source: The Machine that Changed the World – Womack, Jones, Roos 1990)
Lean Management programme
You guessed it: Lean has become an essential approach for any company seeking to minimize lead times, defects, movements, inventory, investment and waste. That is why we offer you the opportunity to validate your knowledge of Lean through international IIBLC Lean Certification programme. IIBLC has appointed CIMCIL as its official Lean Certification partner in Belgium. We organise the IIBLC theoretical exams and we coordinate the exam registrations for candidates who wish to take the exam in Antwerp. In addition, we distribute the study material and we assist the candidates during their preparation for the IIBLC exams.
The CIMCIL method
We use the following techniques to achieve this Lean optimization of processes:
- Poka yoke: methods for removing the causes of error
- Line balancing
- Just-in-time (JIT)
- Six Sigma
- Standardized Work
- Kanban and Pull Systems
- SMED: quick changeover of tooling
- Waste reduction
The Lean method, for which sectors?
The Lean philosophy stems from the automotive industry (Toyota). This explains why it looks like it can only be applied in production environments. More and more organisations, however, understand that there can also be waste in service environments. Applying Lean principles and detecting and eliminating activities that do not add value in administrative processes, logistics and distribution, healthcare, construction, maintenance and even within public authorities, has become increasingly vital!
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