Lean and Six-Sigma Enablement

Lean and Six-Sigma initiatives are driven by data to establish baseline measurements, identify improvements, and analyze results. Camstar places the product, process and quality data in an electronic format. This information is accessible in seconds to any stakeholder to support Lean and Six-Sigma projects, as well as continuous improvement goals.

Lean Enablement with Manufacturing Execution Systems and Electronic Device History Record

Lean Manufacturing, often simply, “Lean,” is a production practice that considers the expenditure of resources for any goal other than the creation of value for the end customer wasteful. For many, Lean is the set of tools that assist in the identification and steady elimination of waste (“muda”). As waste is eliminated, quality improves while production time and cost are reduced. A partial list of such tools would include: Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED), Value Stream Mapping, Five S, Kaizen, Kanban (pull systems), Just-In-Time (JIT), poka-yoke (error-proofing), Total Productive Maintenance and single piece flow. 

Some aspects of Lean can be employed without the assistance of a computer. Companies that employ Lean Principles in conjunction with Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), sometime referred to as Electronic Device History Records (eDHRs) in the regulated industries, have experienced even greater benefits beyond those achieved with “Manual Lean” initiatives. Using MES and eDHR, companies have greatly reduced scrap, cycle times, WIP, and inventory, simultaneously improved yields and throughput, and also reduced operating costs. Lean + MES = “Lean 2.0” 

The table below highlights how an MES can enable Lean through the reduction of the seven categories of waste (“muda”):

Lean and Six-Sigma Enablement

Driven by Data

Lean, as well as Six Sigma initiatives, are driven by data. Data is used to establish baseline measurements, identify areas of improvement, and analyze results. An additional benefit of having all of the relevant product, process and quality data in an electronic format and not buried in paper records or travelers is that this information is readily accessible to engineers, operators, supervisors and managers to support Lean projects and continuous improvement goals.