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Lean: VSM

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What is Lean: value stream mapping?

Lean: value stream mapping (VSM) creates a visual representation of all product and information flows from raw material to shipping. By including all value adding and non-value adding (waste) activities in the value stream needed to produce the product, the current-state map identifies improvement opportunities and the logical sequence for implementing them. The future-state map is then drawn to create the blueprint for lean transformation. By incorporating the improvements to be implemented, the future-state map shows what the future process could and should resemble. By applying VSM to a high-priority pilot process, companies can demonstrate results that will assure continued interest in applying lean concepts.

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What are the benefits of Lean: value stream mapping?

Implementation of Lean: value stream mapping will help

  • reduce lead times.
  • reduce inventory and production costs.
  • improve quality.

What can CIRAS do for my company?

CIRAS can provide a Lean expert to facilitate Lean: Value Stream Mapping for a team of company members including both management and production workers. Teams develop current- and future-state maps for actual company processes, plus an implementation plan for the improvements identified.

What is my next step?

Contact these staff members to see what CIRAS can do for you.
Jeff Mohr515-450-7639  jeffmohr@iastate.edu
Marc A. Schneider563-221-1596  maschn@iastate.edu
Susan K. Clark319-329-9267  skclark@iastate.edu