A standard work event is an industry name for the transformation of an old line into a more continuously flowing process that incorporates single-piece flow, 5S, new work standards, and time standards. Preparation for this type of kaizen event is quite different from that for a 5S kaizen event. When preparing for a 5S event alone, the kaizen steering committee must simply pick the area and load up on supplies to be placed in the supply box. Not much more is really needed. Standard work events require solid up-front planning, usually including calculation of the following:
• Effective time
• Volume requirements
• Takt time
• Process analysis
Effective time is often called touch time; ...