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Lean Auto Body: The Lean Implementation Guide for the Auto Collision Repair Industry

An Implementation Manual Made For The Auto Collision Repair Industry

By Chris Ortiz

Product Description: Lean Auto Body: The Lean Implementation Guide for the Auto Collision Repair Industry - Enna - 1926537173 - ISBN:1926537173

Lean Auto Body is an implementation manual specifically made for the auto collision repair industry. Author Chris Ortiz describes in great detail how the concepts of lean manufacturing are applied to this industry.

Topics covered: lean as a business model, shop floor metrics, the 8 wastes of a body shop, 5S and the visual shop, the lean parts room, repair flow, visual control, and shop kaizen.

This one of a kind manual will help shop owners and their technicians start their lean journey and become a fantastic reference guide for shop improvements.

Manual includes dozens of full color pictures, figures, and illustrations. Pictures are from auto body shops practicing lean principles.

Table of Contents

* Introduction

* About the Author

* Section 1: The Eight Wastes of a Body Shop

* Section 2: Lean as a Business Model

* Section 3: Lean Auto Body Metrics

* Section 4: 5S and the Visual Shop

* Section 5: The Lean Parts Room

* Section 6: Repair Flow

* Section 7: Visual Control of Your Shop

* Section 8: Shop Kaizen

* Conclusion

Excerpt

Main stream perceptions of the lean philosophy are that its concepts can only be applied to the manufacturing industry and that the best candidates for its implementation are company s producing only one type of product. My experience with the auto collision repair industry is similar, in that regard. Often, the argument is that body shops do not have repetitive work. The diversity which exists in the type and quantity of automobiles, as well as the complexity of the damage, makes it nearly impossible, some believe, to successfully apply lean manufacturing techniques. However, it is quite the opposite.

Think about your own shop. The level of repairs needed from one automobile to another is not infinite. If it were, repairs would never be complete. Whenever a process is complex and varied, lean principles should be applied. Also, most auto body shops have common processes such as estimating, teardown, prep, painting, drying/curing, re-assembly, and possibly detailing or cleaning. Of course, the amount of time spent in each process is contingent on the level of damage and part lead time from dealers and auto parts supply vendor.

Lean is about waste reduction, where waste is defined as any non-value added work within each operational process. This includes any unnecessary administrative procedures, which can cause a multitude of problems that ultimately, increase costs. I will discuss these wastes in greater detail in Section One. For now take this self lean test. Do technicians spend time sifting through tool chests looking for tools? When a technician cannot locate a necessary tool, do they leave their work area and borrow or steal the tool from a co-worker? Is the estimate 100% error-free or does the vital information forwarded to the shops by the insurance companies contain administrative mistakes, which cause issues for the technicians? Do automobiles sit idle for hours waiting on parts? Do those same automobiles sit outside waiting to get into the shop? Are shop supplies unorganized or hidden behind cabinets, causing workers to spend time looking for the appropriate item to perform the work? Does it take longer than necessary to set up the paint operation? Are there excessive amounts of supplies and parts in the parts room taking up space and tying up money? Are people walking around looking for things? Do technicians receive the wrong parts after waiting days for the correct one to arrive? Do people walk around asking questions about pick up dates, what to do next, and when to start? If you answered yes to any of the questions, your shop is a great candidate for lean auto body.

The most important question you must ask yourself is how often do these non-productive and waste producing actions occur?

More Information about: 'Lean Auto Body: The Lean Implementation Guide for the Auto Collision Repair Industry'

Take your business to a new level with this comprehensive implementation guide, specific to the Auto Body Repair Industry. By adapting the techniques of Lean manufacturing for the Auto Collision Industry, Mr. Ortiz guides you through the steps necessary to turn your shop into a Lean place of business. Lean Auto Body sets the stage for a sustainable Lean improvement by not only discussing but showing examples of wastes, flow, and visual cues within the shop, in an easy to understand manner.

Filled with photos and no-clutter descriptions, this is a must have for any business that relates to the auto body industry. The examples shown are industry specific, well explained, and are presented in such a way as to easily be able to view within your own company.

57 pages, Spiral-bound
Published April 2010
ISBN: 1926537173
ISBN-13: 9781926537177

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Lean Auto Body: The Lean Implementation Guide for the Auto Collision Repair Industry - Enna - 1926537173 - ISBN: 1926537173 - ISBN-13: 9781926537177
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