Lean Tools

Do you see employees waiting around for someone else to complete a task in the work flow?lean tools
Are you frustrated by “stuff” sitting everywhere?
Does your equipment keep going down, causing loss of time and money?

Lean manufacturing helps companies become more efficient and productive. Impact Dakota has experts in the Lean process and can use various tools and programs to assist you.  For example: 

5S System

The 5S System is designed to improve workplace organization and standardization. The S's include:

  • Sort through all items and remove unneeded items
  • Set in order remaining items, set limits, create temporary location indicators
  • Shine or clean everything and use cleaning as inspection
  • Standardize the first three S's by implementing visual displays and controls
  • Sustain the gains through self-discipline, training, communication and total employee involvement 

Cellular / Flow Manufacturing

When processes are balanced, the product flows continuously and customer demands are easily met. Cellular / Flow Manufacturing is the linking of manual and machine operations into the most efficient combination of resources to maximize value-added content while minimizing waste.  Parts movement is minimized, wait time between operations is reduced, inventory is reduced, and productivity increases in a well-balanced process flow.

Poke-Yoke / Mistake Proofing

Poke-Yoke are techniques focused on making something physically impossible to make mistakes; or with people-related errors, making it much more likely that correct actions will be taken. Training includes on-the-floor exercises to identify and implement Poke-Yoke techniques learned with the realization of immediate results. 

Pull and Kanban Systems

Pull Systems/Kanban control the flow of resources in a production process by replacing only what has been consumed. This is a customer order-driven system based on actual demand rather than forecasting.  Implementing Pull Systems can help you eliminate waste in handling, storing and improve your ability to get your product to the customer on time, every time. 

Set-up Reduction

Set-up Reduction builds on the principles of the Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED) system, developed by Shigeo Shingo, to dramatically reduce or eliminate changeover time.  The Changeover Improvement Process is used to help companies design no/low cost solutions to reduce changeover time.  This, in turn, allows the firm to meet customer demands for high-quality, low-cost products, delivered quickly and without the expense of excess inventory.

Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)

Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) is a process to make the best use of your equipment for its entire life. The goal of TPM is to maximize your productivity and Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) while reducing equipment downtime to zero and improving quality and capacity.

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