Value Stream Mapping (VSM) is a Lean Manufacturing tool used to analyze the flow of materials, labor and information necessary to build and bring a product or service to a customer. It allows users to draw a visual process map to see and measure lead times in the form of value added and non-value added activities. Value-added activities are things the customer is willing to pay for.

Business Building Blocks

By creating organized and orderly processes, resources are conserved adding to bottom line profitability.

  • Employees’ time is structured and productive, less wandering and wondering what to do next
  • Quality of Life is improved by increasing productivity, engagement, and by meeting goals
  • Orderly environments are less dangerous, reducing possible hazards and liabilities
  • Utilization of machinery at higher capacity levels increases production, lowering costs
  • Improved production flow increases output improving product quality
  • A culture of order encourages equipment care and maintenance, conserves employee time on the job

Profitability Factors

  • Sort. Remove unnecessary items from the workplace, keep necessary items, assign standard places for tools
  • Straighten. Arrange materials/tools so they are easy to use. Visual outlining of locations, labeling
  • Shine. Clean daily to see and prevent problems
  • Standardize. Standardize checks and to-do lists
  • Sustain. Daily checks using problem-solving sheets that indentify missed targets. Review sheet scores to improve

Employees are trained in strategic organization and sorting of equipment and tools to facilitate use and availability for proper tasks. This ensures employees have what they need, when they need it to accomplish work tasks. It also means less overtime, and increased focus during the work day.

Other important points to profitability include:

Implement VSM to visualize the total business flow, easily identifying the stoppages and waste that can be eliminated. Improve your operating ability now. Call for additional details, or to set up a training for your business.