Having an outsider's perspective was extremely helpful in seeing our processes in a new light.
The OMEP team began by introducing the team at Crary Shoes to the principles of lean manufacturing. This custom training involved not only educating employees about how to use lean as a business operating philosophy, but staff also actively completed projects on their facility that had an immediate real-world impact to solidify their learnings.
The team created a current state value stream map and shop floor layout to get a sense of how information, products and processes flowed in the existing facility. Value stream mapping (VSM) is a diagnostic tool used to identify waste and improve material and information flow throughout the organization. The current state map informed the design of the future state state layout of the new facility, and 5S disciplines, a workplace organization process, were introduced to help the Crary team identify which items were essential to their business as well as to help optimize their locations for a potential move.
OMEP’s team-based support included assisting Crary Shoes with final preparations for the move, as well as support after the move into the new space. Once they moved into the new space, the new layout was optimized, utilizing the value stream map and shop floor layout OMEP had already prepared.