Standard Work Implementation as per Lean Manufacturing in 7 Steps.

what is standard work and how to implement it


In this article, you will learn what is standard work and how to implement it using six sigma and lean manufacturing techniques.

Standard Work Meaning

Standard work is defined as work in which the sequence of job activities has been efficiently organized in a written procedure, and is repeatedly followed by a team member.

Establishing standard work relies on collecting and recording data in a few forms.

These forms are used by engineers to design the process and by operators to make improvements in their own jobs.  six sigma definitions

Standardization of work practices allows process steps to be decomposed and optimized into simple easy to follow steps that any operator can easily perform.

Standardized practices allow operators and workers to perform tasks the same way every time by using a set standard and clearly defined process which combines and uses different resources effectively such as time, technology, and raw materials.

Standardized work requires to have defined work sequence.

The work sequence is the set of tasks and steps that the operators need to perform to complete their job.

How to Implement Standard Work in your Business in Seven (7) Steps.

    1. Evaluate the design specifications and requirements of your manufacturing operation(s) and product(s).
    2. Gather historical information on your actual operations.
    3. Determine all different variations and any potential failure points.
    4. Establish the best and fastest way to perform your job.
    5. Write and document the sequence of steps in the correct order of the events using visual aids, diagrams, and simple language.
    6. Bring training to your employees and test their knowledge before start working.
    7. Implement a culture of Kaizen, improving continuously your standards using metrics.

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