What is Lean?

Lean is a customer-oriented methodology that is used for continuous process improvement by eliminating waste in everything you do. It is based on the idea of "continuous, step-by-step improvement" and "respect for people".

Typical lean principles:

•         Deliver value to the customer in an effective way

•         Respect and involve people

•         Improve the value flow by eliminating all types of waste

•         Maintain flow

•         A pull production system, so demand-driven

•         Striving for perfection

Why Lean?

Working towards lean-based work conditions has proven to be an effective method of streamlining the workflow and improving the production efficiency. The intention of Lean is to pursue the ideal state of perfect processes and performance.

As you deliver products and services to customers, everything stands or falls by the requirements of the customer. And everything else is a side issue.

The customer is the only one who can make a value judgment. Your customer only wants to work with you and purchase your products or service if he believes that he is getting value for money.

Adding value is a process. You can create value for a customer through a combination of correctly executed steps, such as production, processing, delivery and support. This leads to products and services that the customer will value. Creating a well-oiled production environment will help you achieve this.

There should be no waste in a perfect process, right? Keeping track of possible waste, or converting this into useable resources can be the key to achieve the ideal state of the perfect process. Therefore, you should try to achieve that all process steps are as correct as possible, only deployed when necessary, perfectly executed and fully adapted to requirements. As a result, the process will develop, deliver products and services with a minimum amount of waste.  

Perfect processes optimize customer value, the more perfect a process. The more effective the value addition, the greater the customer satisfaction and the more successful the company.

People create value. They implement the processes and use technology and equipment. Preventing waste with Lean depends on developing the right culture and environment where people are involved and innovative and perform useful work.

How we can help

As mentioned above, there are many aspects to the Lean philosophy to keep in mind when you want to introduce this into your organisation. During every step in this process, we can help you achieve an improved end result on every aspect of the production cycle.

Our software can help you introduce Lean into your organisation. We will help you analyse and spot the biggest issues or opportunities that could strategically influence the organization. We can offer support to help you serve the customer more effectively. And we can help you discover what you really have to do, so you will know where to start.

How we implement Lean in our software

Our software is created with the lean mind-set. We built our user interface to be simple and quick to use. The touchscreen application’s main menu for example, uses a 4 by 4 tile screen. By using status notification colours, we provide our users with quick feedback on the current state of work with that associated module.

Applications are designed around user-friendliness, ease of use, and efficient usage. The DAFI desktop application has a simple user interface, that fits right in with your other desktop apps. The DAFI HMI use touch actions, which is an important control mechanism that we also use with our other products.

PDA’s or tablets are all about quick and fluent controls of the program. The overall user interface is  always kept to a bare minimum of functionalities per screen, required by our customers. While offering a wide range of functionalities, options within our programs are sorted, easy to locate and understand.

During designing, coding, testing and finishing our products, we keep the thought process focused around lean. It allows us to establish a strong foundation. Our software is fully scalable and grows with our customer’s demands and business. This constant evolution is why we believe DAFI is a great product that suited to lean standards.

Which methods we use

The individual modules that are equipped to the Dafi Terminal configurations for example are based on well-known Lean principles. For example, the standard Production History module uses Single-Minute Exchange of Die (SMED) to achieve a quick and efficient way of performing a changeover on a production process. By splitting changeover activities into 2 types:

·         activities that can only be performed during the machine downtime (internal or online changeover activities)

·         activities that can be performed when the installation is running (external or offline changeover activities)

The weighing module uses Statistical Process Control (SPC) through the visualization of the weight history. Statistics are used to identify and control the variation in the weighing process.

Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) is used in the technician module of DAFI to ensure that machines are in top condition. Making sure that the production will run optimally with minimal disruptions.