Enhanced with the Release of Kaizen and Yokoten Software Product Leading2Lean Allows Customers to Achieve Continuous Improvement
Leading2Lean has released two new enhancements to their cutting-edge Lean Execution System (LES). Based on respected Lean production methods of Kaizen (also known as continuous improvement) and Yokoten (also known as horizontal best practice sharing), these enhancements will allow Leading2Lean’s customers to better align their manufacturing facilities with true Lean principals, increase productivity and improve performance.
“Manufacturing is evolving quickly and the winners in this fast-changing landscape are the companies that recognize and act on the fact that true Lean performance comes from leveraging not only technology, but also human creativity and problem solving,” said Keith Bar, CEO of Leading2Lean. “Our Lean Execution System has helped clients improve performance and increase production by matching state of the art software with the talents of their employees.”
Leading2Lean’s Lean Execution System is a simple, user-friendly software for manufacturers. The software is cloud-based and works across existing legacy systems, meaning it is lower cost, low risk, and high reward. It provides full plant floor transparency; visibility to operations for every employee, and users are empowered to improve performance and identify problems. With full data visibility, problems are identified and resolved faster meaning costly downtime is drastically reduced.
The Kaizen and Yokoten enhancements improve system-wide sharing of best practices and provide insights into how manufacturers can continually improve plant or plant network performance.
Kaizen evolves the too-often disregarded “suggestion box” by making it easy for employees to submit ideas for system improvement. This method allows employees to receive feedback from co-workers and ensures that ideas are escalated to senior management. It enables suggestions to be more simply analyzed, categorized, prioritized, sorted, and managed, then assigns each improvement to a person/people to execute on the idea across the entire system.
“As any company’s employees are their best and most knowledgeable asset, engaging them to identify ways to reduce waste, increase safety, increase product quality, and decrease cost of product just makes sense,” said Barr. “Empowering employees to identify the gaps and inefficiencies and suggest where improvement can take place, not only leads to increased efficiency and cost saving, but also improves employee commitment, satisfaction, and retention.”
Yokoten’s primary function is to quickly share all Kaizen improvements across a company’s factory, from plant floor to C-Suite, or across multiple global factories. Once the improvements are shared, they are implemented horizontally across plants and networks. Simply put, one plant’s documented improvements can be leveraged across multiple plants and give companies true standardization, a goal many multi-plant operators have long desired.
“Since a large quantity of improvements can be managed and shared much more easily, the likelihood of improvements being spread and benefiting the whole company is much higher,” said Barr. “For example, if one plant in China makes an improvement on a machine that improves safety, efficiency, or keeps it from breaking down, that improvement can then be easily implemented in the same company’s plants in the U.S. and Mexico, benefiting the whole enterprise.”
Founded in 2010, Northern Nevada-based Leading2Lean is focused on solutions for multinational manufacturers. Leading2Lean is focused on operational excellence and run by an executive team with extensive experience in manufacturing, engineering, and turning around failed enterprises. Its cloud-based systems provide critical real-time information to help rank-and-file workers do their jobs better and take ownership of their work. A better-focused and motivated workforce produces more and of better quality, and leads to habits of continuous improvement.
For more information, visit leading2lean.com.