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Guide

Lean Lab Guide

Guide

This practical guide outlines the nine steps to lean and their role in cultivating a lean environment in the laboratory by combining good practice with innovative technological solutions.

Nine steps to Lean Laboratory. Free Guide download
Nine steps to Lean Laboratory. Free Guide download

What is Lean Lab?

The term 'lean' was coined in 1990 by MIT researchers studying the highly successful Toyota production system. Since then, the understanding and implementation of lean principles have permeated many sectors aiming to eliminate mistakes, reduce delays, lower costs, and improve the overall quality of a product or service. This guide explains how to cultivate a lean culture in your laboratory by sharing perspectives and good practice, including innovative technological solutions. These are summarized in 9 steps.
 

Nine Steps to Lean Laboratory

  • Housekeeping
  • Value stream mapping
  • Workload
  • Laboratory workflow
  • Performance management
  • Equipment
  • Skills of laboratory personnel
  • Laboratory chemicals/auxiliary material
  • CIP activities

Download our "Lean Lab" guide now to learn more on how these nine steps to lean laboratory can help to improve and maintain efficiency and productivity in your lab.

Lean Lab Introduction

The successful implementation of ‘Lean Manufacturing’ in several fields has inspired many businesses to adopt this model in laboratories as well. Laboratories have different challenges compared to manufacturing environments; while most of the key principles of traditional lean still apply, there are many unique points to be adopted in laboratories. 

Potential benefits of the Lean Lab approach

  • More defined, structured and controlled laboratory processes delivering more consistent and predictable laboratory performance
  • Significantly increased productivity
  • Short turnaround times
  • Reduced costs
  • Less work in progress
  • Improved RFT (Right First Time)
  • A detailed understanding of lab capacity and resourcing requirements
  • Greater empowerment of laboratory personnel
  • A culture of proactive performance management and continuous improvement
  • Improved customer service levels
Figure: Success is measured by the ‘Magic Triangle‘. The three corners must be balanced. Q: Quality, R: Resources, T: Time
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