Here was a post on the LeanBlog Message Board, thought it was worth sharing to see who has feedback:
As a current student in the school of Lean, I work for a company that manufactures folding boxes. We are currently working through a bootcamp to teach us the basics, but I have questions for anyone who would be willing to assist me.
We are not an “assembly line” factory. We may print something one day, die cut it later, strip it out even later and finish it in a month. Our plant layout is set, hastily designed over 20 years ago, we cannot move equipment to lessen travel times. We are working with a software system that was purchased two years ago and isn’t quite what we had hoped. And, to top it off, many of our employees are dead-set in their ways and will resist change at every turn. Every piece of knowledge we gain in our camp seems to have either no implementation value here or seems almost contrary to the way the plant has been designed to run.
I was wondering if there was anyone else out there who could relate. I know there are numerous folding box companies that have been successful in their implementation and I would love to know how they do it.
If you have thoughts to share, click comments or you can reply on the Message Board.
Also, with the Message Board, there was a job posting put out there (“Lean Manufacturing Manager“). I’d encourage others to do the same. The Board is free to read, but you must join (also free) to post.
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