Results of MEP clients using Lean Services in Fiscal Year 2013
Lean manufacturing is a continuous improvement model that strives to eliminate non-value-added activities. Continuous improvement is an organizational mindset that focuses on an ongoing effort to improve. There are a number of continuous improvement-type approaches that firms can adopt. Manufacturers that embrace an attitude of continuous improvement can be transformed into agile, more competitive, and more profitable businesses.
MEP centers have a strong record and solid reputation for continuous improvement-related assistance. Through a wide range of services, MEP helps smaller manufacturers cut costs, improve existing processes, become more innovative and responsive to new opportunities, plan for the future, and attract supply chain partners. MEP's unique approach is specifically tailored to clients, enabling small and mid-sized manufacturers to easily adopt and implement changes across all aspects of their businesses.
Continuous Improvement efforts at MEP include:
Lean establishes a systematic approach to eliminating waste (non-value-added activities) and creating an efficient flow throughout the company. Through lean, companies are able to maximize customer value with fewer resources. Benefits include reduced cycle and lead time, inventory, and work-in-process costs; increased capacity, productivity, profits, and customer and employee satisfaction; and improved safety record. Lean helps companies develop and implement a long-term plan to streamline operations with a focus on growth and innovation.
MEP centers provide resources, coaching, and training in a number of lean-related areas including value stream mapping, kaizen, 5S system, pull systems, quick changeover, setup reduction, total productive maintenance, lean office and lean certification.
The Toyota Kata management and leadership approach builds upon the philosophy of lean. It helps companies to further develop the people skills (thinking and behavior) necessary for continuous improvement, thus transforming a firm's culture. Kata means pattern, routine, habits or way of doing things. The kata coaches train people within organizations to deal with obstacles systematically and cultivate their ability to develop solutions. Companies that embrace this approach become highly adaptable and innovative.
MEP is a leader in providing training and implementation support in quality-related programs, which help companies to continuously improve their processes and products.
ISO Quality Management standards are a proven way to differentiate a company in a crowded marketplace by communicating to supply chain partners a commitment to quality processes and products. Companies that adopt ISO standards or achieve certification also benefit from reduced cycle time and inventory as well as improved customer satisfaction.
MEP centers also offer other quality-related services such as Lean Leadership, Root Cause Analysis, Six Sigma, Total Quality Management and Training Within Industry.