What is a Lean Workspace?
Why is it important?
Lean workspace is a cluster of planned methods that emphasize on eliminating non-value added activities (waste) while delivering quality products/ services on time with least cost and greater efficiency.
In business, even small enhancements in productivity and efficiency can have a big impact on your bottom line. Whether it is through shortened lead times, reduced waste, minimized downtime or improved quality, operations look for every advantage at any stage.
Where do we come in?
In an effort to improve sales and increase profit most businesses have an innate tendency to look for ‘jugaad’ to enhance productivity and efficiency. While these ‘jugaads’ can be a temporary solution, they tend to fail while scaling up and meeting international trade standards.
Furnace helps to formalize these jugaads through its flexible and scalable furniture systems which are in line with global trade standards.
How do we do it?
Value: Furnace focuses on understanding the customer's value offering. This could include: quality, timeline for manufacturing/ delivery, price point; which would determine the approach towards designing the furniture systems.
Value Stream: Mapping the value stream (material flow and workflow) helps to identify and minimize the waste.This enables us to get a holistic view of the processes and allows Furnace to integrate and optimize the furniture systems accordingly.
Flow: Efficient flow requires items to move from production to shipping without interruption and can be achieved by strategically organizing the work floor. A well-organized work floor will result in reduced production time, inventory size and material handling.Furnace’s extensive range of products and accessories helps achieve the highest level of organization.
Pull: Having a pull/ JIT (Just in Time) system would help businesses: increase output, maximize usable workspace, reduce inventories, eliminate overproduction or underproduction, and eliminate errors caused by having too much WIP. Furnace’s work and storage systems are designed to bring visibility to each of the work cells.
Perfection: Seeking perfection requires companies to continuously improve (Kaizen) their practices and a shift in the workplace culture. Kaizen results in increased efficiency, lower costs, greater productivity, and better quality products. Furnace designs furniture to adapt to the dynamic work needs which are reflected in the work culture.