Lean manufacturing addresses one of the most prevalent byproducts of any supply chain: Waste. This selling point has gained a deeper significance in our post-pandemic world, as manufacturers look for ways to become more resilient, improve their operational efficiencies, cut costs and reduce the impact of disruptions.
While supply chains under pressure to become more optimized and efficient, manufacturers are trying to achieve this in various ways, from cutting out waste to improving collaboration and optimizing costs.
Lean production methods such as just-in-time production (JIT) and autonomation have helped manufacturers improve the efficiency of their operations, to varying degrees of success. Increased efficiency translates into more profitability and higher quality products for consumers and consistent on time, in full (OTIF) delivery levels.
Unfortunately, the current way of working for many companies impedes their ability to achieve continuity, particularly during times of extreme disruption. This can lead to inefficiencies, ultimately resulting in value being left on the table.
Some of the existing challenges that stand in the way of Lean thinking include:
Despite its popularity and wide adoption among businesses, not all implementation of Lean principles achieve the same rate of success. The average success rate of Lean initiatives is less than ten percent. Why is there such a wide gap between expectations and reality?
From our experience of empowering our customers with the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform, Lean initiatives deliver on the promised value when the following criteria are fulfilled:
Our customers report immediate benefits by fulfilling these criteria through the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. More than 85 percent of teams feel more involved, have better access to information and become more positively engaged in their work. These benefits lead to more operational problems solved, increased innovation and ideation, and capitalizing on improvement opportunities in every meeting. Manufacturers can also continuously monitor and verify the enforcement of Lean initiatives, empowering teams to embrace continuous improvement as a standard operating procedure.
With the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, our customers can also take a highly detailed and methodological examination of how all business practices are executed. They can now streamline not only local plant floor processes, but all associated processes and material flows across the enterprise. As a result, they can reduce operating, recall and warrants costs, achieve lower inventory levels and hit a lower cost-to-quality ratio.
There is now a powerful and intuitive way to put Lean principles into action at every opportunity; it's time to design supply chains for efficiency and success — with the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.
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