Most manufacturers—even successful ones—aren’t seeing anywhere near the levels of productivity that their operations are capable of. It’s not for lack of trying; when embarking on a continuous improvement journey to drive excellence in productivity, manufacturers often experience steady progress in the beginning but eventually run into a wall. After all the quick wins have been exhausted, it can become increasingly difficult to capture substantial productivity gains as the project progresses.
How do you go beyond low-hanging fruit to reach that next level of productivity?
The results from implementing a continuous improvement program can diminish over time for a number of reasons.