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A Lean Management Road Map: Root-Cause Problem Solving

by Manufacture Nevada

A Lean Management Road Map: Root-Cause Problem Solving

There is always a need among manufacturers to step up their processes in terms of improved efficiency, reduced downtime, and increased productivity. Root-cause problem solving is necessary to realize sustained improvements to efficiency, rather than merely treating the symptoms that eventually trickle back into your workflow. Our business advisors here at Manufacture Nevada can help Nevada manufacturers be more efficient through root-cause problem solving. Contact us to learn how and keep an eye out for workshops on our events page.

There are many ways to go about root-cause problem solving in a manufacturing business, however, it is important to find a process that works for you and can be standardized for optimal support when things go awry. Here's a sample process that can help identify the cause and also preferred solution along the way:

  1. Define the problem- Clearly articulate the issue or challenge that needs to be addressed; this could include concerns related to supply chain management, workforce efficiency, regulatory compliance, or adopting new technologies, among others.
  2. Set a goal- Establish a clear and specific objective that you aim to achieve through problem-solving. Consider questions like: What is an appropriate resolution? What are customer or quality expectations?
  3. Understand the current state- Conduct a comprehensive analysis of the existing manufacturing processes, resources, and systems in place in you business operations.
  4. Identify the root-cause of problem- Perform a thorough investigation to determine the underlying factors contributing to the identified problem. This will look different depending on your specific industry. Identification may involve gathering data, conducting interviews, or utilizing statistical analysis techniques.
  5. Determine potential improvements or countermeasures-Rank the return on investment (ROI) against each option to arrive at the most appropriate solution.
  6. Implement a temporary solution before deciding on permanent one- Find out if you missed anything. Test and implement a temporary solution or a pilot project to validate the effectiveness of the proposed improvement
  7. Follow up to make sure everything is put in appropriate place- Once the permanent solution is implemented, closely monitor its progress and effectiveness. Regularly track key performance indicators (KPIs) such as production output, resource utilization, defect rates, and customer satisfaction.

Contact us to learn how to implement these tips and keep an eye out for our upcoming workshops on our events page.

Content in this blog is in part sourced from the National MEP Website.

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