Desktop Work Instruction Software
LockStep is designed for the small business that needs rapid work instruction authoring and paper deployment without the hassle of formatting and a direct upgrade path to an enterprise solution as needs grow.
LockStep can greatly reduce the time required for creation, revision management and deployment of standardized work documents.
LockStep desktop software solution retains the power of the Sequence authoring interface, but without the cost or complexity of the enterprise solution. It is a single-user, desktop publishing tool for the creation and management of pictorial work instructions. It is easily upgradeable and provides an easy path to the enterprise solution when you are ready.
One of the most important but least often used tools of lean manufacturing is Standardized Work. Quite simply, the principles of lean and flow production do not work well when everyone is allowed to choose the method or sequence in which to do the job; quality suffers, and productivity drops.
Standardized work is a detailed, documented and visual system by which associates develop and follow a series of predefined process steps. An important part are the Standardized Work Instructions which represent the current best practices for workers to follow in the completion of their jobs. They are designed to minimize process variation introduced by the worker. This reduces waste, eases problem solving and enhances productivity within a particular job or set of jobs. Visual Work Instructions, provide a convenient way for supervisors to check the operators’ actions and add discipline to the culture.
The benefits of incorporating standardized work are numerous and include:
- Capture of employee knowledge so that it becomes a corporate asset
- Enhanced productivity
- Maintenance and improvement of quality
- Reductions in wastse
- Reductions in cost
- Reductions in variability
- Easier training of new operators
- Reductions in injuries and strain
- Provision of a baseline for improvement activities