In one week, this REC Team reduced the changeover downtime on a plastic extruder by 75%.

Empowerment is one of the most important aspects, if not the most important aspect, of the Lean process. That is why meeting with management to discuss the importance of empowering the REC Team to make decisions and to make changes is an essential part of the Reduced-Effort process. (See Chapter 7, Step 2: Prepare for the REC Event.)

Empowerment on the plant floor is a new concept for most workers. Usually, the people who do the work have ...

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