Delivering the right value to your customers at the right moment is a key part of keeping them loyal. Toyota, looking for a solution, developed “continuous-flow” in the mid-20th century. This is a better alternative to batching, which is the way most people manage a process.
This section will teach you how to maximize the continuous flow of information by using some of Lean’s methods.
What is it?
Lean continuous flow allows you to move one product through each step of the process rather than grouping items in batches. This method is so named because it allows goods to be sent to the market in a continuous flow. You can deliver more value to your customers.
As simple as that sounds. You must stay focused until the product is delivered to your client.
The concept of continuous flow might seem less efficient at first than batch processing because you deliver smaller amounts of value per time to the market. It allows you to deliver value to your customers more frequently and reduces the amount of time they wait to receive their orders.
It is also a great way to reduce waste in your process. This method is beneficial in reducing inventory costs and waiting time for work items.
Continuous Flow Process
Continuous flow is a method where products are produced nonstop at one location using a single manufacturing process without any breaks. Each tablet moves through the manufacturing process in the continuous flow method for a pharmaceutical production line. Then manufacturing experts can identify and correct any manufacturing issues as early as possible. By the time the product is ready to be packaged, it will be uniform and of high quality. This process allows for faster detection of tablet defects, reducing the time required to correct them. Experts can also fix the product before the whole manufacturing process is complete.
The FDA believes that a continuous production process improves product quality and efficiency, while reducing medication shortages.