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    Wolfgang
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    Dear All,
    Good Day!!
    the problem is as follows : in our inventory department, alot of time is wasted due to people coming over and over to withdraw different items specially in weekly, monthly and annual maintenence. the problems seems not be during maintenece only but also every day as the same items is withdrawn from the stores more than 10 times every day.
    what would be the best approach to start a kaizen project on this issue.
     
    regards

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    #148779

    Mike Carnell
    Participant

    Wolfgang,
    You have an issue so starting a Kaizen would be the same as starting any other Kaizen. I am not sure why you would want to go there so quickly. You have usage records (frequency). You should have or could have pretty quickly who and who should lead you to where it is being consumed. Why wouldn’t you take a look at that data? Worst case when you start the Kaizen you give them a running start with a little data and you shouldn’t have much time invested.
    Good Luck

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    #148795

    Dale
    Participant

    Mike brings up a key ingredient for successful Kaizen events:  prework.  You need to have your process documented & data analyzed so the participants have facts to act on.  Only after you understand (and have quantified) your problem and process should you jump into a Kaizen.

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    #151554

    Herb
    Participant

    Wolfgang,
    I’ve done a few inventory projects, none as a Kaizen event, but the opportunity is certainly there to hold one.  Key for you will be a cross-functional team … consider a major supplier, if available a person from a sister division that has either a similar issue or has made some headway, and of course the customer (folks pulling from your storage area) … these folks coupled with representatives from your storage area would be a great start.
    No one likes to go into a Kaizen with pre-conceived solutions, but things like point of use storage, self-check outs, employment of bar coding, etc. all seem to be plausible solutions.
    Have fun!  
     

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    #151568

    Jamilah Haron
    Participant

     A good point to start / kaizen tool to use  can be visual control of parts layout. This can only be done after understanding how much stock level to keep at any time, parts withdrawal frequency by the uses and supplier delivery frequency. It’s  a long process, not a quick event.
    Regards.

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