Plant Mapping: Food and Chemicals Production with Mix Processing
The Mix Processing VSM application is for plant level value stream mapping of dedicated or mixed model production lines for chemicals and food value streams. The Pharma VSM application should be used for Pharma bio production value streams
Mix Processing is a valuable lean tool for usage in VSM events to improve mixed model production for processing value streams, like food and chemicals.
The Mix Processing VSM application is designed to increase the speed of each step in the improvement cycle (shown on the right), the quality of the improvement ideas generated, and clarity of the report out with current state, future state and implementation plan.
The application UNIQUELY SIMPLIFIES how you map and analyze multiple product variants with different demands, operational values and routings through shared resources. You don’t have to create a separate map for each product.
The map will help you remove waste and achieve an efficient balanced line for different demand scenarios. It highlights bottlenecks and losses in the value stream and permits “what-if” studies.
You can apply Mix Processing in 2 different ways
You can just sketch out the value stream (without metrics) and get agreement on it. This requires minimal training and is very fast.
You can enhance the sketch with data values that will then automatically calculate lead time, capacity and resource utilization values and visualize them via automatic charts.
Process industries pose unique challenges for plant value stream mapping, many of which are documented in Peter King's books "Value Stream Mapping for Process Industries" and "Lean for Process Industries". The Quick Processing application has been designed after review of these publications and we are grateful to Peter for his insights based on decades of work with DuPont and later as an independent consultant. In addition to these books here are some resources to help you evaluate the Quick Processing application
Schedule a free 1-on-1 web conference where we can demonstrate the power of eVSM, discuss how it can help with your value streams, respond to any evaluation criteria, and provide you with a free trial of eVSM + eLearning access.
The eVSM learning management system (eLeanor) is the recommended method for new users to quickly become competent with the software. eLeanor makes learning fun with multi-media and a points-based progress monitoring system. It tests understanding as the user progresses to certification.
Learning Mix Processing involves 3 courses where you go through reading materials and take related exercises. These reading materials are available for PDF download. Convenient for usage with the course, for print, and for later reference.