Plan For Every Part: The Difference Between Traditional and LEAN Material Presentation Methods

lean-material-presentation-sortingLeanCor's supply chain consultants often find that material presentation is one of the last things companies think of when setting up a work cell or assembly line. Material presentation is a critical part of Plan For Every Part (PFEP) that should minimize excessive movement while maximizing productivity.

Here are some differences between traditional and lean presentation methods:

A traditional material presentation method and location hinders the worker’s process:

  • Team member has to leave workstation to get material
  • Team member looking or waiting on material or needs to determine different variants
  • Production is determined by material on the line
  • Overstocking of WIP at line
  • Ergonomically poor presentation

A lean material presentation method and location optimizes the worker’s process:

  • Material is within team members reach at workstation
  • Team member can only take the correct variant
  • Material is replenished at a fixed frequency
  • Presentation mostly in small load containers. No cardboard.
  • Ergonomically safe – at optimum working height


Learn more about Planning for Every Part (PFEP) and supply chain consulting solutions:

 Learn More About PFEP


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LeanCor Consulting is a division of LeanCor Supply Chain Group. Today’s complex supply chains require vision, strategies, and innovative techniques to create competitive performance. LeanCor Consulting is a trusted partner for advancing end to end supply chain performance through diagnostics, assessments, and full implementation. Global organizations leverage LeanCor Consulting to develop vision and strategy deployment plans for improvement in all supply chain functions. We focus on elements of speed, cost, quality, and delivery, and are able to develop innovative solutions from operational experience as a third party logistics partner.

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