Standard Work is a vital concept in Lean Manufacturing. Without
standard work, a lean manufacturing system will not be sustainable.
Standard Work is a system for standardizing the work procedures
developed through Lean.
Throughout most of the business world, there are procedures
and systems in place but not adhered to in practice. Often,
in plant settings, the procedures are set on a shelf somewhere
and employees are left to “do it the best they know
Some businesses today have procedures which are followed but
include many of the eight wastes identified in Lean Manufacturing.
Standard Work is the system of developing the best known method
for performing the work in a Lean method. Once the best known
method is developed, those involved are constantly trying
to improve them. Once improved, they are re-written and standardized
again. Standard Work means every person performing the job
does it the same way, following the procedure for the best
known method, without fail. An example of Standard Work in
our daily lives is the red light system. Everyone knows you
stop or red, go on green. The system is standardized. Yellow
could use some improvement since it means hurry up to some
and slow down to others.
The course module on Standard Work teaches how to develop,
implement, and sustain Standard Work procedures throughout
Standard Work is utilized in the application of many lean
manufacturing concepts. The 5S concept has standardize as
the fourth S. There is a certain best method of cleaning and
organizing the work site, and once it is developed, standard
work provides the impetus to complete the tasks the same way
every day. Setup reduction (SMED) also uses standard work.
Once the best known method is developed for setting up the
machine, it is followed precisely every order.
BPR’s lean manufacturing certification online courses
can be completed at your convenience 24/7. Simply log in and
begin the course. You can stop any time and come back to where
you left off. Once the course is successfully completed, the
certification will be mailed to you.