LEAN ENTERPRISE TRANSFORMATION AT LASER SURGERY DEVICE MANUFACTURERAuthor: Collin McLoughlin
Company: Gemba Research LLC
Date Published: 12/3/2002 Conference: NEPCON West - Fiberoptic Expo
A leading manufacturer of laser surgery devices in Utah converted from traditional manufacturing to lean manufacturing. They followed the Toyota Production System model, using a combination of kaizen workshops and daily improvement activities lead by the employees.
They achieve tripled throughput, inventory reduction of 40%, lead-time reduction of 75%, and space savings of greater than 60% in six months. More significant than these results was the immediate impact on the company culture. Improvement input surged, communication between individuals and departments improved, cleanliness and organization improved, and worker morale improved.
The paper will use a case study to cover approaches to Lean Enterprise Transformation, training techniques used, pitfalls to avoid, and lessons learned.
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