Lean Manufacturing Transforms Businesses From Stem to Stern

If lean manufacturing is implemented to a tee, you can sustain-or maybe even raise-the current levels of salary. Plus, with the implementation of these concepts, you can do away with your worries about fixed costs as well.

Many product manufacturers have cut down their production cost by incorporating lean principles at their workplaces. Every leading production house has carried out numerous lean manufacturing assessments that help it to make the most of its available resources.

The origins of the lean concept

In the middle of the 20th century, Toyota-the Japanese automaker-introduced lean manufacturing. To eliminate diverse waste types, the automaker introduced three broad categories-mura, muda and muri. (The lean principles were built from these three concepts only.)

· Muda-it primarily refers to the seven waste forms.

· Muri-it includes the modifications (in a production process) to get rid of the identified wastes

· Mura-it comprises the steps that have to be taken (proactively or in response to a completed process) for eliminating unforeseen wastes

The seven waste types

Analyzing the working of lean principles begins by knowing muda (the seven waste forms) that is generally found while product manufacturing is underway.

Overproduction

This specific waste is of two types. First-if there is a manufactured product that is (or must be) sold at low rates, it can easily distress the company’s bottom line. Second-if there is a product that is manufactured before its buying needs arise, resources must be earmarked to store the merchandise.

Inventory

Having an excess of inventory requires the additional money that is spent on storing it.

Conveyance

If you will unnecessarily move a part during a manufacturing process, you are likely to damage it and delay the entire production process too.

Correction

This, by and large, refers to the correction made in a work that has already been done. By doing so, you can incur heavy costs because you will have to check the production process from the beginning.

Motion

The term “motion” consists of all the body movements that are made by a worker during the manufacturing process. Motions sometimes include the body movements that cause stress and lead to possibly injuries as well.

Processing

If you are confused about the product’s working or the wants of the customers, that confusion can result in waste generation.

Waiting

Any delay that is encountered in the manufacturing process can waste a lot of time; this can increase the worker’s downtime, too.

Benefits of being lean

A product manufacturer will benefit the most from implementing the lean principles; by doing so, the manufacturer will be able to cut down these waste types easily and quickly.

Apart from product manufacturers, every second service-oriented enterprise is also leveraging the expertise of lean manufacturing consultants to generate value from its internal processes. Some of the most cherished benefits of going lean are:

· Flexibility

· Waste elimination

· Greater productivity

· Enhanced quality

· Reduced operational cost

Which is why, it has now become important to implement lean in the workplace. Owing to their expertise, these lean manufacturing consultancies empower any company-regardless of its nature-to deploy lean principles at its workshop

The Value of Certifications in Professional Consulting

Consulting is also about continuous learning. As you consult, you will be regularly in conversations with clients and client staff who are knowledgeable in their fields and probably read the same trade journals, magazines, online articles, etc. that you can.

As a consultant, you have to maintain your credibility with them so you will need to stay at the top of your game which makes continuous learning a requirement so make this a part of every day. Read at least one thing related to your industry and profession every day – stay sharp to maintain your credibility with those you consult to.

Secondly, certifications also build your credibility, show you have done the work, and help you get consulting engagements. Every industry and profession has courses and certifications you can get that potential employers ask for – get them – they will earn you money!

Overall if you are doing management consulting, there is the Institute of Management Consultants certification in the USA and the Certified Management Consultant certification in Canada. This is very good to have but will take a few years to get – you can get some course exemptions for University classes taken which can shorten the program for you when you apply.

Every large consulting organization you will be competing against put their people through it and some clients won’t let you get through the door to consult unless you have this certification or are at least enrolled in the program and show the enrollment on your resume.

In the technology and project management professions, there are also a number of certifications and diplomas you can get and any you do get, be sure to put on your resume and on the bulletin boards where you document your bio. These become keyword searches recruiters look for when they are trying to find resources for engagements. Just read a few resource required notices on Dice put out by recruiters and you will see what I mean.

There are many certifications out there you can get. For instance, if you are working to integrate financial systems applications for clients, you can get certifications for such applications as SAP, Oracle Financials and JD Edwards.

If you are a Business Process Re-engineering or organizational efficiency expert, strive to become a Baldridge Examiner or get certified for Six Sigma.

Microsoft has over 100 certificate courses that they offer and full programs such as the MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer) program that you can take a series of courses in and complete – and resourcers do look for this one on a resume if you are an IT professional.

The big one in HR is the CHRP certification – Certified Human Resource Professional.

In the financial world, it’s the Chartered Accountant and Certified Management Accountant designations to go after.

So there are a number of certifications out there that will help you to be a recognized professional and these will help you in your consulting career. Do not stop learning and building your resume. Over time, you will be able to command the higher chargeout rates if you do!

About Dan Grijzenhout: Dan has lived a successful entrepreneurial career for over 30 years. He has been a consultant, entrepreneur, systems architect and developer, investor, business owner and is now an author, online course creator and teacher, sharing his years of experience and knowledge with others. Search for the name – Dan Grijzenhout – on Amazon to see his available books and e-books.