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NWLEAN believes in the following philosophy in implementing lean programs:
  • The essence of lean is establishing flow in the 'order-to-cash' cycle.
  • Flow is established through the identification and elimination of waste.
  • Lean production 'pulls' value through the system.
  • All systems contain waste, and thereby provide opportunity (through waste elimination) to create competitive advantage for the firm.
  • Each system is unique, and requires a distinct order and application of lean tools in order to address specific opportunities which exist with respect to industry, company, and internal culture.

This philosophy is augmented by the following working definitions:

  • Waste is defined as those elements of the system (including elements of the final product) which do not bring value to the customer.
  • Value is defined as that which the customer is willing to pay for.
  • The customer is defined as the entity which monetarily pays for the final product (which would include those which wholesale and distribute our products, but does not include internal customers, management, or other stakeholders in the production systems).
NWLEAN assists companies in the design and implementation of successful lean production systems. NWLEAN offers specific training (through public and private seminars) in the 33 tools of lean production:
  • The Lean Implementation Plan
  • Lean Basic Training (waste/takt/pull)
  • IE techniques (time/motion/methods analysis)
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Visual Management
  • Andons
  • Continuous Flow
  • SMED
  • Mistake-proofing (poka-yoke)
  • Source Inspection
  • Water Striders/Spiders
  • Standard Work
  • Policy Deployment
  • Ergonomic Analysis
  • One-piece flow
  • Inventory reduction
  • Six Sigma
  • Cellular manufacturing
  • Operational Equipment Effectiveness
  • Total Productive Maintenance
  • 5S/Industrial Housekeeping
  • Teian Systems
  • Autonomation
  • Theory of Constraints
  • Zero Quality Control
  • Autonomous Group Activities
  • Kanban Systems
  • Lean Logistics
  • Milk Runs
  • Lean Accounting
  • Lean Distribution
  • Design for Six Sigma
  • Balanced Scorecards
  • NWLEAN arranges and hosts company tours, so that a better understanding of the potential and practice of lean production techniques can be shared.

    Any and all organizations, regardless of industry, are invited to participate in NWLEAN. The only requirement is a desire to eliminate waste, reduce costs, and to increase quality, customer satisfaction, and profitability.

    To become a member of NWLEAN, please complete a member profile.

      NWLEAN offers a wide range of seminars on topics related to all aspects of lean implementations. Many of these sessions are in-house workshops, which show you how to identify and reduce waste TODAY!! For more information, click here.

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