Chapter 9

Process Flow Improvement

Flow thinking is the focus on shortening lead-time from the beginning of the value stream to the end of the value stream and on removing all barriers (waste) that impede the creation of value and its delivery to the customer. Flow is the best driver to make processes faster, easier, cheaper and better.

The Shingo Institute: Principle – Flow and Pull Value

Continuous Process Flow

In today’s competitive world of manufacturing, rapid response to changing customer demands is essential to remaining profitable. Customer orders can vary from day to day, week to week or month to month. An uneven build-to-order production schedule can create large inventories needed to meet customer requirements, hiding defects not discovered ...

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