Florida MEP Offers a Lean Assessment Production Floor Walk-through for Manufacturing, Medical, Government and Service Organizations to Identify Waste

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A new low-cost Lean Assessment offered by Florida MEP will check for excessively long lead times, frequent or lengthy set-ups, bottlenecks in flow, capacity constraints, work-in-progress, and large inventories.

Benefits of Lean include reduction in process lead time, reduction in set-up time, greatly improved throughput and asset utilization, reduction in work-in-process, as well as improving cash flow and bottom line.

Implementation of high-performance Lean methods and technologies have demonstrated improved profits, strengthened competitiveness and expanded growth in many different industries worldwide including manufacturing, hospitals and medical offices, hotels, retail, service organizations, and government agencies.

Florida MEP is now offering a new comprehensive low-cost Lean Assessment available to any type of business or service organization to improve workplace efficiency.

Lean manufacturing originated in the manufacturing industry where it became the foundation supporting continuous improvement in world-class enterprises. Lean manufacturing is a systematic approach to identifying and eliminating waste through continuous improvement to allow product flow at the pull of the customer.

Typical benefits companies can expect by adopting Lean include up to:
30% productivity increase
90% work-in-process reduction
50% space utilization reduction
85% quality improvement and
90% lead time reduction

Industry analysts agree that for Lean to succeed there must be leadership that is committed to creating an enterprise-wide environment where every employee is engaged in Lean thinking, problem-solving and continuous improvement. In recent years implementation of Lean concepts has been expanded from manufacturing to other industries such as healthcare, hospitality, retail, service organizations and government agencies with great success.

To help companies get started in Lean training, Florida MEP is offering a new low-cost Lean Assessment. Florida MEP lean experts will walk the production floor with business owners and managers checking for long lead times, frequent or lengthy set-ups, bottlenecks in flow, capacity constraints, work-in-progress, and excessive inventories. FLMEP lean experts will help companies trace the "product" from the initial sale to delivery of finished product, including distances, stops, and the frequency of product handling, identifying areas of waste.

The seven wastes of Lean include defects, overproduction, transportation, waiting, inventory, motion, and processing. Florida MEP lean experts will help companies identify various types of waste in their operations and facilitate staff in a systematic lean manufacturing approach to remove the wastes. Improvement projects and training include value stream mapping, Kaizen event facilitation, flow / cellular manufacturing, visual controls, 5S workplace organization, standardized work, pull / kanban production methods, set-up reduction, total preventive maintenance, mistake-proofing, and plant layout.

"As a non-profit, Florida MEP is staffed with Lean experts who have decades of experience in taking a company systematically from its current state of operations to a dramatically improved future state," said Phyllis Morese, Florida MEP State Programs Director.

"Benefits of Lean implementation include reduction in process lead time, reduction in set-up time, greatly improved throughput and asset utilization, reduction in work-in-process, as well as expanding capacity for future growth opportunities and improving cash flow and bottom line," Morese said.

Organizations are encouraged to schedule a Lean Assessment early in the year. To schedule the Lean Assessment, call Florida MEP at 321-939-4000, email phyllism@floridamep.org, and visit Florida MEP at http://www.floridamep.org.

About Florida MEP
The Florida MEP (FLMEP) is a not-for-profit organization that provides assistance to manufacturers and business owners to help them identify and implement advanced technologies to enable them to grow and compete in the global market. FLMEP assists businesses by providing access to technology for improved productivity, offering workforce training in Lean manufacturing, exporting logistics, Disaster Business Continuity Planning and supply chain integration. Through FLMEP programs, many funded by grants, companies learn tactics to innovate, save money, implement more efficient management strategies and lean methodologies, resulting in immediate bottom-line impact.

If you have questions or would like more information about FLMEP programs and services, please call 321-939-4000, email phyllism(at)floridamep(dot)org, visit http://www.floridamep.org and be sure to follow FloridaMEP on Twitter @FloridaMEP.

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