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torsdag 14 december 2017

do you still roll up your VSM and hope that the glue won`t get dry before the job is finished

Working with value stream mapping should be an ongoing activity that never rest from challenging your productivity indicators. The quantitative approach that VSM provide will support the qualitative discussion when evaluating improvements. Going into VSM as a project will fail, you may have some short term results but long term continuous improvements that really affect productivity will not be a reality. To be able to establish a new standard there is a need for an easy to use tool that don´t stop you from keeping the maps up-dated. And if the tool saves time and also supports teamwork, so everyone have the opportunity to participate and contribute! Than you have the right prerequisites to achieve more!

tisdag 5 december 2017

You can save time!

With YourFlow you can easily design your value flow map independently of how many parts you want to include in your work, it is easy and it is done fast!

So you can have all products and parts in one file, all calculations is performed simultaneously as the data is entered into any object in the map.

To have all parts in one file give possibilities to make better analysis.

It also facilitate the continuous improvement work since YourFlow require less time to up-date your maps when your processes is changed. 

söndag 3 december 2017

Heavy work-load to use VSM the old way......

A lot of companies started to use Value stream mapping many years ago.

Some of them started VSM as a project, or as a part of a project. When project ended, improvement work based on VSM also ended.....

Some major experiences were the work load to up-date or keep the VSM up-dated....sometimes it felt unbearable.......

tisdag 21 november 2017

......Stop asking about the layout!....

...Use YourFlow Productivity Remember Card to help you ask the right questions and focusing on the Productivity Indicators that makes the difference!

Download Productivity Remember Card and start using it today!

söndag 21 maj 2017


With VSM your organisation can make real productivity improvements, that is not reached with only CAD-work.

måndag 15 maj 2017

How does your organization use tools?

Still production engineering and logistic development is a neglected area, often wrong tools are used in a wrong way.

måndag 6 mars 2017

What effects can a high WIP give? (3)

Production system with too high WIP tend to have big variations in leadtime since a little variation in WIP gives big variations in leadtime. They also usually spend a lot of time in planning and re-planning.....

söndag 5 mars 2017

Does Leadtime affect Productivity? (Posting 2)

Yes, it does!

But how?

To understand how discrete production system "works" we need to go back some years in time.

John Little, already in 1961 explained Little´s formula: WIP = Deliveries * Leadtime.

All production engineers, logistic developers and especially managers should really understand
Little´s formula.

If you understand how your own production system "follows" and "behaves", you are able to take the right actions for improvements. You will also understand the negative impact that a too high WIP have on productivity.

Anders Segerstedt does in a really pedagogic way explain this in "The physics in the plant".

The curves below visualize Little formula.

As you can see in the left picture, Deliveries do not increase when a certain point of WIP is reached.
In real systems they may even have a tendency to decrease.

lördag 4 mars 2017

Improve in a way you have not tried before! (posting 1)

The figure shows a typical production process.

The green fields represent value adding activities and the red fields represent not value adding activities within the production process.

Still there is a strong tendency to focus on the green areas because it is in these areas the major and important investments (machining) are made or where you have the personnel density (assembly).

In manufacturing industry it is still a strong focus on resources. Within the green areas there are many tools and methods and KPI:s etc. to measure and improve. In the green areas everyone is very aware of actual status and performance.

But do you really get the results?

Stop a bit! The fundament in Lean is to eliminate waste, why do you not take more action within the red fields?

With YourFlow it is simple to reduce and eliminate waste in the whole production chain!

What a hidden powerful potential! What if you could engage all personnel, regardless where they are working in the process, involving everyone in improving the companies competitiveness?

Follow this serie and get ideas for how your organization can improve productivity and have real results that really affect production cost.

There are a lot of tools and methods to improve the value adding areas. Usually these tools are focusing on the resources in these areas, people or machines. YourFlow "attacks" the waste within the whole production process!