By Brad | Post Date: April 22, 2005 1:51 PM | Comments: 2
In one of our Lean Manufacturing Benchmarking Tours to Japan (Japan Kaikaku Experience) the people on the tour had a goal to come up with company-wide metrics. The same metrics would be used for different business units so that the conglomerate could judge them better.
The question was put to Toyota's management, "What metrics do you use in running your lines?" There was a bit of a pause and the manager said, "It may seem strange to you, but metrics are very specific to the lines, even under the same factory roof. For example, similar lines will measure different things." This response took the group totally by surprise.
He then continued, "The individual leads will decide what measurements will work best for their area. Generally, the metrics are similar, but the weightings are different."
In fact, we saw repeatedly at the leanest companies in Japan, the metrics posted or being evaluated were very simple. One company even told us that OEE was too complicated to be a useful metric.Comments are moderated to filter spam and inappropriate content. There may be a delay before your comment is published.