Focus on LEAN production in simulation

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Focus on LEAN production in simulation

Postby Jay Warner » Fri Nov 13, 2009 2:19 pm

Asking here for lack of a more obvious location.

I'm looking to see if anyone has undertaken serious simulation of what is called LEAN production (cf., http://www.lean.org - the Lean Enterprise Institute), using the software iThink (or Stella II), and developed/adapted typical LEAN icons for these.

As I see it, LEAN is one way to sharply reduce the cost and hassles of any production operation, but it adds up the activity times differently than a 'simple' flow chart. I'd like to build some computer simulations for educational purposes, but the typical LEAN software costs $, and runs only on Windows machines. For this project, there is little enough money, and I already have access to Stella II.

Any suggestions? Has anyone done this already?

Jay
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Re: Focus on LEAN production in simulation

Postby Geoff McDonnell » Fri Nov 13, 2009 4:07 pm

Jay
About a decade ago, ithink had many examples of "as-is" and "to-be" process improvement models in their examples and documentation. This was when this activity was marketed as BPR -- business process re-engineering, rather than the current fad of lean thinking/production.

I suggest you check out with the isee systems folks how to access this ithink material You will find some under the Reengineering Section on this page
http://www.iseesystems.com/community/downloads/BusinessDownloads.aspx
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