What Is Lean Manufacturing?
Lean manufacturing originated from the Toyota Production System (TPS), arguably the most successful automotive manufacturer ever, but it was quickly implemented by manufacturing sectors around the world.
Put simply, it’s about minimizing waste within manufacturing systems while simultaneously maximizing productivity. It can be applied to any business or production process in any industry.
The five key principles of lean manufacturing are as follows:
- Identify value
- Map the value stream
- Create flow
- Establish pull
- Seek perfection
What follows is a discussion of the ways the Signworld business alliance helps local sign shops unlock the full benefits of lean manufacturing, which include increased production, reduced cost, improved quality, and increased profits.
Signworld Helps Local Sign Shops Identify Value And Map Value Streams
The first lean principle requires that sign shops define what customers value and how their products or services satisfy those needs. This means designing or stocking products that customers want, and removing features or omitting products that they don’t.
It sounds simple, but it’s easier said than done, requiring a substantial amount of sign market research, as well as insight as to what new products and technologies are coming down the pipeline. True competitive advantage comes when sign shops are able to identify value before their competitors, being the first to stock or develop sign products consumers need, which creates opportunities to build brand loyalties latecomers may find tough to overcome.
This is where the irreplicable value of our industry experience shines through. Since 1988, we have been at the forefront of the sign industry, which has allowed us to accrue insights and develop invaluable relationships with industry players and sign innovators. As a result, we’re able to pass down valuable insights that help our sign partners identify value both in existing sign products and up-and-coming sign tech, such as digital signage innovations.
In addition to identifying value, we map it out for our sign partners, laying out proven processes that transform raw materials into stunning final products. Indeed, even total beginners will enjoy a smooth transition into successful sign shop ownership—that’s the result of more than 30 years of process refinement and “waste” removal.
Signworld Gives Sign Shops Greater Flow
In addition to constantly refining our value stream, our entire business alliance facilities your flow. The “flow” stage is all about eliminating interruptions, delays, and bottlenecks, which is exactly what our sign alliance does for members. When you partner with Signworld, your shop instantly gets access to a national network of 330+ sign specialists for efficient outsourcing. That same sign network helps you maintain continuity in other ways, whether you need technical support with a piece of equipment or access to a partner’s catalog for a special order. Best of all, these benefits come without any risk of inventory bloat or wasted spending on your end.
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Pull is about reducing time-to-market; perfection is self-explanatory. Signworld is committed to both principles—we’re constantly refining our production process for faster turnaround, and the quest for perfection is what drives us to innovate and improve year-after-year.
You can learn more about our lean manufacturing principles and find out about our business opportunity by visiting the Signworld website or calling 888-765-7446.Back