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 Uncover waste and find out how to best streamline your manufacturing and office processes.

VSM, allows you to take a high-level view of your process or value stream — then diagnose problems and implement changes — is the best way to identify the right areas for improvement so you can get lean and maximize your productivity.

Value stream basics

Value stream mapping is a four-step process that uncovers waste and reveals how to streamline your manufacturing and office processes. First, identify the value stream or process to map. Second, you make a current state map showing the current flow of materials and information needed to deliver a product or a service. Next, you diagnose problems, suggest changes, and make a future state map representing the improved process. Finally, you implement the changes.

Value stream mapping is the staircase into the House of Lean, which leads you to solutions for improvement. Value stream mapping is not a one-time event, successful lean manufacturers are applying value stream mapping continuously to their manufacturing processes to get better results.

Four Steps of VSM:

  • Identify the value stream or process to map.
  • Make a current state map showing the current flow of materials and information needed to deliver a product or service.
  • Diagnose problems, suggest changes and make a future state map.
  • Implement changes.

Case Study: Dielectric Manufacturing uses Value Stream Mapping to Successfully Reduce Lead Times

Case Study: Wiscon uses Value Stream Mapping to identify waste and create better than expected improvements

View a printable information sheet on Shop Floor Value Stream Mapping.

View a printable information sheet on Administrative Value Stream Mapping.

“By changing the information and process flow of our quoting process through VSM we were able to reduce the amount of time to deliver the quote to our customer and reduce the amount of time we received a purchase order from that quote.” Michael Esser Jr., CFO


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