Generally, the organizations have separate teams that drive the quality initiatives and LEAN initiatives. However, the teams argue on odd things and debate about what should be on the top of the priority list among what can look like fulfilling objectives- for ensuring compliance steps need to be added and minimize steps for getting access to the efficiencies. But, the real thing is that the motive of these initiatives never conflicts with each other.
Moreover, if we check the philosophy of Quality and LEAN, then we will come to the conclusion that both of them focus on the continuous improvement. There is a lot to contribute to the quality management functions to the LEAN journey.
Have a look at the basic enables that brings Quality and LEAN together- the quality and operational teams are supported by the systems. The teams have better alignment with their job when the systems integrate and collaborate in a seamless manner. The Quality Management System and Manufacturing Execution System are the two key enabling systems located at the center of the LEAN & Quality initiatives respectively.
Check out the six main examples of the way these systems can support the objective of both the Quality as well as LEAN initiatives by working together mentioned below:
- Identify every detail that has relevancy with the production procedure for supporting the non-stop improvement. It is needed for understanding the requirements of the quality control and value stream mapping.
- In order to reduce the downtime and defects, there is a need to utilize the capacities and resources of the machine along with the control of variants.
- The rework costs can be reduced by controlling and enforcing defined processes and making sure adherence as per the specifications.
- The inventory levels can be reduced by efficient management of resources. It is key to the LEAN principles.
- In order to optimize the product development, it is important to take feedback on non-conformance’s. It is key to the preventive actions.
- The key to doing root cause analysis- completing the trace-ability for components, batches, and products.
You can check out the way these capabilities can help you in reaching your objectives if you are working in a LEAN or Quality team. Some of the main steps for minimizing the chances of errors, reduction in manual and non-value added processes are eliminating the paperwork and digitalizing processes. The production times can be reduced, quality can be improved and costs can be lowered by proper utilization of these integrated systems. Faster reactions and decision making can be supported by machine and plant transparency.