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Improve Nutrition laboratory efficiency and effectiveness

Client situation & approach

Our client is a Nutrition laboratory in a Global multi-site environment in Europe, USA and Asia. The objective of this program was to improve laboratory efficiency and effectiveness through the utilization of lean tools and principles. It covered a range of GMP laboratory types including analytical chemistry, microbiology, environmental monitoring, incoming materials and in process control. We supported in:

  • Levelling strategies specific to the lab type
  • Flow via defined sequences such as rhythm wheels and trains
  • Standard work supported by role cards
  • Short interval control and supporting visual management tools
  • Targeted elimination of non-value adding activity

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  • Productivity improvements ranging from 15% to 46%
  • Balanced, productive work days for all analysts
  • Increased levels of cross training
  • Continuous improvement of culture and mindset growing within the laboratories
  • Consistent adherence to lead time targets