Evaluating equipment and parts inventory as well as storage should be an ongoing focus. “Every inventory’s status should be checked monthly for aging and overstock,” advises Kovalchick. “Waiting for months to analyze inventory conditions is asking for a serious problem—it’s better to eliminate these issues when they are in their infancy.”
Staying on top of inventory levels and management makes monitoring it that much easier. Parts management functions within a good, industry-specific business management system are invaluable.
Just the Beginning
Evaluating inventory levels and storage for LEAN operation will ultimately lead to better customer satisfaction. Maintaining a clean, focused inventory makes the employee’s job that much easier, improving the environment and morale. The freed-up time previously spent tracking and maintaining large, unorganized inventories can now be given to the customer.
Parts and wholegoods inventory is just the first phase in the LEAN series. Taking this first step is a huge commitment to an overall LEAN operation. Adjusting inventory levels and storage will be time-consuming, but once completed, will make future LEAN processes that much easier to implement. All will work together in a system to make your business more profitable.