Continuous Improvement

Your process (and your business) just got LEAN.

As market demands become more competitive, businesses must speed up product development and production cycles, improve service, eliminate waste, make supply chains more efficient, and reduce losses — all while improving quality and cutting costs, sometimes drastically.

Continuous Improvement can be the solution.  Kansas Manufacturing Solutions can help with your Continuous Improvement transformational journey so that your manufacturing business improves its bottom line.

We have done it before.  You are not alone.  Manufacturers who have utilized MEP Centers, such as Kansas Manufacturing Solutions, have on average experienced a return on investment of 14:1.  

Kansas Manufacturing Solutions has been guiding manufacturers through continuous improvement solutions, including Lean Enterprise, Lean Office, Six Sigma, and more for 20 years.

The expert advisors at Kansas Manufacturing Solutions will train you and your team to implement — and profit from — the five guiding principles of Lean manufacturing:

  1. Identify Value: Lean companies define value and value-added activities through the eyes of their customer. Is the customer willing to pay for this activity? Is this activity adding value to the product or service in the eyes of the customer? If the answer is no, it’s not value added.

  2. Map the Value Stream: Lean companies use value stream mapping to identify unnecessary steps in their processes. If a step doesn’t bring value to the customer, it’s waste, and Lean companies work hard to get rid of that step.

  3. Create Flow: Lean companies establish a continuous flow of material, products, information and services by removing stoppages, backflows, inventory, and work-in-process.

  4. Implement Pull Systems: Lean companies create systems where nothing is produced until the customer signals the need for it. Internally, one workstation doesn’t produce unless the downstream workstation signals the need. Lean companies produce what is needed, when it is needed.

  5. Perfection: Lean companies relentlessly pursue Continuous Improvement and strive for perfection: zero accidents and injuries, zero losses, zero downtime, zero raw material waste, and so forth. (Goals that are short of perfection have their place for budgeting and short-term objectives, of course.) Lean companies always measure opportunities against perfection so they don’t understate the opportunities or get comfortable with complacency.

Companies that are working on getting Lean can’t fully achieve any of these principles overnight. But you should ask yourself:  Are you willing to watch your competition slowly take away your business? Or do you want to be a competitive, innovative business in the years to come?

Take a look at Great Western Manufacturing's success story about how Lean implementation improved their results.


Contact Kansas Manufacturing Solutions to discuss whether Lean Manufacturing should be in your future.