Lean Operational Technology – Applying Lean Tools to Reduce the Cost of Operations

Lean Operations Technology - Michael Wader

Lean Operational Technology from Leadership Excellence International

In today’s fast-paced business landscape, companies are constantly seeking ways to reduce the cost of operations, improve efficiency, reduce waste, and enhance productivity. Lean Operational Technology (LOT) has emerged as a powerful approach to achieving these goals. Combining the principles of Lean manufacturing with current operational improvement initiatives, LOT optimizes operations to minimize downtime, and drives continuous improvement further. Lean Operational Technology, is transforming industries across the globe.

Understanding Lean Operational Technology

Lean Operational Technology is a fusion of traditional Lean principles, which were originally developed by Toyota with 21st-century operations and can be applied in many different industries; manufacturing, transportation, construction, banking, customer service, and hospitals, plus many more. It extends the traditional Lean concepts of identifying and reducing waste and improving process efficiency to the realm of operational technology that is sustainable for the long term.

Key Components of Lean Operational Technology

  1. Data Analysis: LOT relies on a numerically based Lean Assessment to gain insights into problems within operational processes that were previously unexposed. It involves collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data from various sources to identify areas of improvement. This analysis is tied to the current overall cost of operations and provides senior managers with a view of the potential savings from implementing LOT.
  2. Connectivity: Another benefit of LOT is that it can complement and work alongside ISO, Quality Management System, and Preventive Maintenance programs.
  • Many different categories of ISO have been implemented in recent years and LOT can help to make them more sustainable.
  • Current Quality Management Systems are used to monitor and improve processes and LOT can help that effort by establishing Lean tools specifically designed to reduce the hidden wastes within the same processes.
  • Preventive Maintenance programs can be enhanced by using LOT to build accountability and cooperation between machine operators, maintenance personnel, and production supervisors.
  1. Lean Principles: LOT remains rooted in the core Lean principles, which include eliminating waste, optimizing processes, and continuous improvement. Lean tools such as Value Stream Mapping, 5S, Visual Controls, TPM, SMED, and Kaizen events are adapted to each company’s current processes. They are used to support ongoing improvements, thus making them more effective and efficient.

Lean Operational Technology represents a paradigm shift in the way organizations approach operational excellence. By combining Lean principles with current processes that are working well within an organization to reduce waste, enhance productivity, and adapt to changing market dynamics, there is more acceptance by everyone. As industries continue to embrace LOT, we can expect to see more efficient and sustainable processes, improved quality, and increased competitiveness across the board. Embracing Lean Operational Technology is not just an option but a necessity for organizations looking to thrive in the 21st century.

For more information about how Lean Operational Technology can help to make your organization more successful, contact Michael at www.MichaelWader.com.

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