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Standardized Work

For standardized work, all tasks are organized in the best known sequence and by using the most effective combination of resources, including:

  1. People – individuals or departments
  2. Materials – supplies, tools, tooling, manuals, data, etc.
  3. Methods – processes and procedures
  4. Machines – machinery, computers, printers, etc.

All employees must follow the current standardized work (best practices) as determined collectively.

Standardized work has many benefits, including that it:

  • organizes job elements into a smooth sequence
  • creates a balance of human and machine
  • improves physical layout to support the individual
  • provides process control and reduces variation
  • offers information in an easily understood format
  • prompts level production
  • improves safety
  • improves communication and understanding
  • establishes a base for continuous improvement
  • provides a training tool for new employees

Pawley Lean Institute

Pawley Hall, Room 460K
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-4542