Webinar: Automating Standard Work Documentation

What does smooth Flow look like? In a manufacturing process, it can be very visible. All systems have a flow, be it a traditional push system or a Kanban-driven pull system. Like a river, all systems have eddies and calm areas behind a constraint, then rapids and chaos. The secret to standardizing the work is to achieve ultimate flow.

Developing Standard Work is based on three assumptions:

  • The work can be standardized, based on human motion, and has a Takt or rhythm to the demand.
  • Every process with more than one person requires a balance between the operator’s workload to truly flow.
  • That is the largest contribution to efficiency from developing a standard work balance.

In this review, Automating Standard Work Documentation will present several tools to help us identify constraints and improve or “smooth” flow. Time Observation Sheets, Standard Work Sheet, Spaghetti Diagram, and the Work Load Chart. In the past, this required time studies, moving people, then more time studies before you could produce the Standard Work Playbook with the best of balance. However, what if there was a better way? With automated, self-calculating forms and automated printing of Playbooks?

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Brent Weichers
Brent Weichers

About Brent Weichers

Brent Weichers has 35 years of lean transformation experience, with Toyota and Danaher as the biggest portion of his professional background. He has trained agencies of the federal government and major corporations through their lean journey. Brent is currently the Continuous Improvement Director, North Americas for ICU Medical, based out of San Clemente, CA.