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Back To Basics. Type of Standardized Work.

Mar 29, 2017 | Posted by Matt Elson

Improvement can’t be sustained without standardized work.  It is the foundation for continued improvement. Our motto is “Standardized is a direction”, and importantly, it involves critical judgment to ensure the work content is carried out consistently with a human touch.

Each type of standardized work focuses on a specific part of the production process.

Type 1 standardized work is repetitive, single cycle, doing same task over and over.

When performing multiple different types of work, with a cycle time that could vary from product to product, the work is Type 2 standardized work.

Type 3 standardized work is highly variable, and depends on customer demand, abnormalities that could arise, helping team members and many other factors.  Moreover, Type 3 is sometimes known as “leadership standardized work”.

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Which type of standardized work should we attempt to improve first?

In our opinion, it is easier and more beneficial to kaizen Type 1 and Type 2 standardized work first.  This is because the limited variation is easier to understand.  Therefore, when Type 1 and Type 2 are improved, it creates the foundation for further improvements.  At that point, Type 3 can be standardized and improved.


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