Friday, March 6, 2015

Improving Your Value: Implementing Lean Enterprise

In today’s global economy, we’re all looking for ways to increase production, improve efficiencies and reduce errors in all areas of our business – especially the production floor. Of course, this is easier said than done. We can’t just say we want to improve our business – our actions have to speak louder than our words.

Embracing Lean Enterprise

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For Michigan manufacturers who want to grow their business while minimizing mistakes and waste, embracing Lean Enterprise is the solution.

The roots of Lean Enterprise actually trace back to one of Michigan’s favorite fields: the automobile industry. Lean Enterprise is focused on creating value for your customers, and is often see as a critical aspect of Six Sigma and Lean manufacturing as a whole. (For more information on the broader topic of Six Sigma, click here to read a previous MMTC blog entry.)

The idea is that by creating a more Lean culture for your company, you’re able to reduce unnecessary steps and projects, or non-value added tasks, within your organization. The goal is to have a “laser focus” on the tasks that only provide value to your customers so that you can manufacture your products and parts at a more efficient rate. This ultimately enables you to deliver your goods within shorter delivery times, increasing customer satisfaction!

More specifically, Lean Enterprise offers an analysis with the goal of guaranteeing that a manufacturer’s clients still get the best possible value for their purchases while continuing to reduce and/or eliminate waste.

Are You a Candidate for Lean Enterprise?

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you believe your business is capable of manufacturing more products for a client ahead of schedule?
  • Can communication improve between your business and your clients?
  • Does your business require constant re-work?
  • Does production come to a complete halt if an employee is sick or a component is out of stock? 
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you could benefit from embracing Lean Enterprise. Depending on the specific needs of your organization, your action plan could include various improvement options such as replacing outdated scheduling systems or reducing overproduction. Simply put, each Lean Enterprise plan is tailored specifically to suit a manufacturing business’ needs, and in the past, manufacturers have seen improvements of up to 400% on their operations!

Act Today

For more information on MMTC’s Lean Business Solutions, click here. Or, if you know you’re ready to move forward, contact us at 888-414-6682 or inquiry@mmtc.org

Join MMTC For a Free Lean Overview Event
MMTC will be hosting two upcoming EXPLORE: Lean Manufacturing and You events. Join us to hear what Lean can do for your business.
  • Thursday, March 19 – MMTC Plymouth learn more
  • Monday, March 23 – Jackson Area Manufacturers Association learn more

Since 1991, MMTC has assisted Michigan’s small and medium-sized businesses compete and grow. Through personalized services fitted to meet the needs of clients, we develop more effective business leaders, drive product and process innovation, promote company-wide operational excellence and foster creative strategies for business growth and greater profitability. Find us at www.mmtc.org.


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