Because their core focuses vary considerably, Asset Performance Management (APM) and Lean are two manufacturing disciplines that aren't often uttered in the same breath. But that doesn't mean there aren't similarities and, more importantly, notable synergies in the two disciplines that complement to drive toward Operational Excellence.
In this Research Spotlight, LNS Research discusses how Lean and APM overlap, drawing upon the history of the Lean methodology and how its '5S' philosophy serves as an excellent starting point for APM. Specifically, LNS Research explores:
- The compatibility of shop floor housecleaning and APM strategies in reducing waste and energy
- The overlap of root cause analysis tools such as checklists and others in assessing equipment wear, contamination, and effective organization
- The connection between Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) and Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)