Lean Manufacturing at Cirtech
5S Visual Workplace
Implementing 5s activities is the foundation for Cirtech’s Lean initiative. Cirtech uses the following to maintain a 5s environment:
- Daily 5 Minute 5S Activities
- Weekly 5S Checklists
- 5S Audits
- Signs, Tape, and Labels For Visuals
- FIFO Boards
- Maintenance Checklists
Value Stream Mapping
Cirtech uses value stream mapping to evaluate our processes and identify where improvement is needed.
By analyzing our manufacturing and business processes, the team finds waste and non-value added activity.
The value stream maps are used to develop our continuous improvement plan.
Cirtech hosts kaizen events to implement “good change” in the work environment.
By implementing kaizen teams, everyone has a chance to voice their opinion and find ways to eliminate waste.
The team spends three days evaluating the current situation, creates a plan, and implements the plan to reach an ideal state.
Employees have received training from a highly experienced lean training staff, New Hampshire MEP, to guide them in their lean journey.
Cirtech also developed our own lean training program to teach and emphasize the importance of lean in all of our processes.