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What is it: Value Stream Mapping (VSM) is a lean technique used to analyse the flow of materials and information currently required to bring a product or service to a consumer. Value Stream Mapping works on the principle that "Value is added only when our action or operation contributes to transform the materials into the product that the customer is willing to pay for."

Why use it: Value Stream Mapping is a set of tools that analyses your overall process flow and presents it in a visual form, allowing the process to be re-designed to eliminate barriers to flow. Value Stream Mapping has an overall product level focus cutting across processes, functions and departments. It incorporates lean concepts and tools, such as takt time (cycle time based on customer demand), theory of constraints and pull-based scheduling systems. The four main benefits from VSM are:

  • Creates a common vision for everyone connected to the targeted value stream, of both current and future states
  • Provides a visual map for ease of communications
  • Allows waste to be seen by everyone so improvements can be focused
  • Provides the foundation on which to base lean initiatives from the customer perspective
The usually benfits from conducting a VSM
  • Inventory reductions
  • Productivity improvements
  • Floor space savings
  • Capital equipment redundancies
  • Overtime reductions
  • Quality improvements
  • Increased Throughput
  • Overall Cost Savings!!!

Where to use it: Value Stream Mapping is commonly used in lean environments to identify opportunities for improvement in lead time. VSM is used by World-class manufacturing companies to achieve outstanding levels of performance by making products flow through the production process from dock to dock. These companies have successfully eliminated the barriers that prevent material and information flowing smoothly throughout the organisation. The benefits are significant reductions in manufacturing lead times (and its inverse inventory turns), inventory levels and higher throughput.

When to use it: To streamline a process and build a "future state" map

How to use it:

  1. Identify the target product, product family, or service.
  2. Draw a current state value stream map, which is the current steps, delays, and information flows required to deliver the target product or service. This may be a production flow (raw materials to consumer) or a design flow (concept to launch). There are 'standard' symbols for representing supply chain entities.
  3. Assess the current state value stream map in terms of creating flow by eliminating waste.
  4. Draw a future state value stream map.
  5. Implement the future state.

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  91 Page Value Stream Mapping (VSM) Instructions with 4 production worked examples showing the CSM (Before) and FSM (After).
Adobe PDF Format
Adobe PDF
Format
VSM
  VSM blank template with ready to use value stream mapping icons.
Microsoft Excel Format
Microsoft Excel
Format
VSM
  Current State Map (CSM) production worked example.
Microsoft Excel Format
Microsoft Excel
Format
VSM
  Future State Map (FSM) production worked example.
Microsoft Excel Format
Microsoft Excel
Format
VSM
  VSM cycle time analysis blank template chart.
Microsoft Excel Format
Microsoft Excel
Format
VSM
  VSM cycle time analysis completed example.
Microsoft Excel Format
Microsoft Excel
Format
VSM
USD $69.95
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