Value stream mapping is an important concept in lean manufacturing.
Value Stream Mapping is simply mapping on paper (often in
pencil) the various information and processing steps to get
a product from idea or raw material to finished product and
to the customer.
Value Stream Maps should focus on the product itself, following
it from beginning to end and including the information that
needs to flow to various departments as the products moves
through the process.
Placing all of this on paper in front of you enables you to
see where the waste is. Every system has some form of waste.
Even system which have implemented lean manufacturing principles
can be improved. One small example of this is documentation
that takes time to complete but goes nowhere. Another example
is more movement of product than necessary.
The Value Stream Mapping enables seeing where the long lead
times come from when the value added time is often a few minutes
or hours. For example, if the lead time to produce a product
and deliver to the customer is 7 days, but the actual time
it takes to produce the product is 28 minutes, VSM will enable
seeing the picture of the non value time.
It is important after developing the value stream map to involve
many employees, both management and workers, to eliminate
the non value added activities.
The VSM module is one of the first in the Lean Manufacturing
course as the “big picture” must be seen first
before attempting to develop a new Value Stream with less
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