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E3: Economy, Energy and Environment

E3 Value Stream Mapping How-to Guide

Unfamiliar with value stream mapping? If so, view these presentations to learn about how it works with these Lean and Environment Training Modules
Value stream map

Value stream mapping (VSM) serves as a critical tool during the assessment process and can reveal substantial opportunities to reduce costs, enhance production flow, save time, reduce inventory, and improve environmental performance.

The assessment team leads a collaborative effort to create a current state VSM of the identified product or process line. The map should examine areas that offer the greatest potential for lean and green improvement such as: inventory, inputs, outputs, wastes, non-value-added steps, worker safety issues, energy consumptions, bottlenecks and rework.

Once the current state VSM is completed, the assessment team then creates a future state map of the identified product or process line that includes lean and green improvement recommendations made by the group. The team assumes a future state map is not limited by capital restraints; it should represent a fully optimized line in its ideal state.


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