Join Steven Brown as he teaches you how to apply the just-in-time tools and principles to improve your process and make sure everyone has what they need when they need it.
- Henry Ford is considered the father … of just-in-time in the United States. … Simply put, Ford did not believe in using warehouses. … He bought material to fit the production plan, … only enough to meet immediate needs. … Ford recognized that transportation … was a critical factor for success in such a strategy, … so he owned a private network … of railroad cars and trucks … to ensure smooth delivery of materials. … Well, that's what just-in-time is all about. … JIT means that raw materials, components, … and subassemblies are delivered to the factory … just when they are needed for production. … This allows inventory to be maintained … at minimal levels, thus reducing costs … and increasing flexibility within the system. … Should an item become obsolete … or a defect is discovered, … with minimal inventory it is much easier and quicker … to make the needed adjustments. … JIT is applied within the factory itself also. … Work is not started into the factory … until there is actual or forecasted demand …
Steven outlines the process stages in Six Sigma (define, measure, analyze, improve, and control), along with the Lean toolkit: the 5s principles, kanban (scheduling), downtime, poka-yoke (error proofing), and kaizen (continuous improvement). He also explains how leadership works within Lean Six Sigma, the principles of project execution, and how Lean Six Sigma is applied to the service sector and supply chain management. Make sure to watch the "Next steps" video at the end of the course for further resources.
- List the three main focuses of Six Sigma.
- Explain why lean is an important element of the Six Sigma approach.
- Summarize why Control is the most important step in the Six Sigma process.
- Analyze variables to determine if they are a good performance measurement.
- Describe three typical methods of improving supply chain functions.
- Identify three things you will need in order to lead a Lean Six Sigma project effectively.