Successful lean manufacturing principles are increasingly being adopted in the laboratory environment, the challenge is to understand how best to put Lean Laboratory into practice in a particular workplace
If Lean Laboratory is properly implemented, the results can be impressive — delivering simpler workflows and processes, reduced lead times, and increased laboratory efficiency.
A two part webinar series, "Employing a Lean Lab Approach to Optimise Lab Processes", co-presented by lean laboratory expert, Erwin Studer, explains the concept of Lean Lab and how it can be applied to established laboratories, or the design of a new laboratory.
Lean methods help to ensure that laboratory processes are clearly defined, structured, and controlled to deliver more consistent and predictable laboratory performance.
This generates a detailed understanding of lab capacity and resourcing requirements and leads to a positive impact on lead time and costs, productivity, and right-first-time (RFT).
Part 1: Work Smarter, Not Harder introduces the basic concepts of Lean Laboratory and explains the 10 areas to consider in assessment of the current status of a lab. These are used to guide the improvement of existing processes. It is often the simplest or smallest changes that can bring about the most significant improvements.
Part 2: Improve Productivity goes deeper into value stream mapping and performance management. Advice is given on how to identify value-adding or unnecessary steps in a workflow, using the example of sample preparation for analysis. This allows participants to identify the issues which could have the biggest impact on improving lab productivity. Measuring the impact using a number of Key Performance Indicators (KPI's) is also discussed.
Watch these recorded webinars now at:
Employing a Lean Lab Approach to Optimize Lab Processes ─ Part 1: Work Smarter, Not Harder
Employing a Lean Lab Approach to Optimize Lab Processes ─ Part 2: Improve Productivity