Using value stream mapping to identify and rethink your value chain
We apply value stream mapping to analyse your production line and reveal its untapped potential. At the same time, we identify all of the activities engaged in by your production and related teams that are necessary in order to create value. We also map out your flows of material and information, so as to create an overview of your entire value chain – from the customer through to the supplier.
Designing value streams for more efficient production
The value stream design presents the ideal, target state of a value chain. In so doing, activities along the production line are organised so as to create an optimised manufacturing process. The approaches we deploy here – such as the supermarket principle for pull systems or opting to introduce kanban, for example – minimise wastes such as unnecessary transportation and excess stocks. The overall aim is to achieve low-waste, continuous flow production.
This works effectively to
- …reduce turnaround times
- …improve delivery reliability
- …increase production
- …optimise stock levels
The four implementation phases for value stream mapping and design
Typically, value stream mapping followed by value stream design is implemented in the following four phases:
- Phase 1: Product family selection
A value stream is always analysed for only a single product family at a time and, ideally, the one that brings in the greatest revenue, is a high priority for the company or is a fast-moving product family
- Phase 2: Value stream mapping
We then work to visualise the entire process chain and identify wastes while also considering flows of material and information.
- Phase 3: Value stream design
In this phase, we design your ideal, low-waste value chain. We do so by examining the results of the analysis and taking a closer look at which kinds of waste occur and why – and then resolve their root causes. This lets us create continuous flow production with maximised value creation.
- Phase 4: Rollout
Defining ‘implementation loops’ in the value stream design pays off here, as it allows you to approach the target state for your production by means of multiple iterations during the rollout phase. The individual activities are then included as part of an implementation plan. An important aspect of this work is to ensure that corresponding timetables and responsibilities are included.