Two main things that make this approach different and better than the typical “Lean out and reorganize” approach. Need to take all these people (or at least their input) into a unified team Educate on goals and seek their input on the goals and how they think they should be implemented This will increase buy-in… Important to start engaging staff several weeks before the event One negative person can change the team morale and the success of the lab event
Efficient space can allow for a reduced footprint
This lab was set up for a new material with unique processes. They have rearranged it many times as they have worked out their process flow New equipment comes in, older equipment has or will soon be moved out
Moonshine shops are machine or tooling areas in your company where people think up and build solutions for your issues. This is usually cheaper and faster than sending out to an outside company for custom items. We did, however find that if we could find something off-the-shelf to meet our needs it was the least expensive and usually most efficient method. The Lean Labs team was surprised at how much stuff we found on-line. We were able to get much more equipment for the money.
Left – My mixing room: Was a small paint room off another lab. They wanted us sealed off, which made room seem even smaller. Chem labs next to us had a small room off of one of their labs they didn’t really use, so they gave it to us, and we split the cost to tear down the wall between, making a decent little L-shaped room for us to do this kind of messy work.
The program has each lab fill out a survey after the event and rate their satisfaction with experience and the outcome
Lean Labs: Improving Lab Efficiency through Workspace Improvements