On Monday we posted Part 1 of our Lean Journey Recap, which focused on the key achievements we made this year toward our Lean Manufacturing goals as we continuously pursue becoming more efficient for our customers’ benefit. Now that the new year is almost upon us we decided to write the last chapter in this year’s Lean Journey by looking ahead to our goals for 2013.
It’s no coincidence we describe our Lean activities as a “journey.” It requires an ongoing commitment to continuous improvement as well as curiosity, problem solving, testing and analysis. And it can’t be conducted in a vacuum – it requires a commitment from everyone within an organization for Lean to be successful. With that in mind, we will continue to expand into areas that have yet to be directly involved with Lean. Our Quality Assurance processes will be a primary area of focus in 2013, and we plan to conduct Kaizen events to drive even greater consistency across our platform.
In addition, we have specific objectives for each of our locations in the coming year, such as:
Our quality assurance team has developed Standard Work for auditing processes on the production floors. Beginning in January we will roll out this process to help eliminate inconsistencies and further drive the standardization of processes.
We will continue to build new standards into operations and create teams to revise and improve Standard Work when ideas are tested and proven.
We will begin training employees in the mail division on the fundamentals of Lean Manufacturing as well as how to apply Lean to their jobs.
Assuming the Mayans weren’t correct, we will continue to update our progress toward these goals in 2013. Stay tuned for more.
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