Interface with other Methods

We continue to run into the following terminology used in organizations: Lean Manufacturing, Synchronic Production Systems, Six Sigma, Value Stream Mapping … how does PiT-Stop fit into this landscape?

Fundamental to the introduction of any modern production system is the flow principle … the permanent search for waste and the involvement of all employees. Organizations who follow these principles are dependent on the active engagement of their employees - both white collar and blue collar – for the success for their process optimization efforts.

PiT-Stop - problem finding, structuring and solving in teams – is a bottom-up method to engage all employees directly at their place of work as part of the creative idea generation process. Not only are the ideas of the select few solicited, but the knowledge of all employees.

We see PiT-Stop as an ideally- suited funnel for all existing systems and methods, that helps ensure the problem landscape is illuminated through the eyes of all employees. Even where the level of engagement and enthusiasm has seriously declined, we can guarantee that the interview method newly activates these same employees.

» Idea Management – Suggestion Systems

Many idea management processes – including suggestion systems – suffer from poor participation based on a lack of motivation. Simply put, too few ideas are submitted. PiT-Stop mobilizes 100% of your employees and results, on average, in 3 ideas/ problems or suggestions per employee interviewed. These ideas are seamlessly integrated into your existing ideas process. The workshop itself provides a fresh start and lots of motivation.

» Theory of Constraints (TOC)

The method is focussed on identifying bottlenecks and constraints and to reduce and/or eliminate them. It is dependent on information received from rank and file employees to help kick-start the necessary improvements. PiT-Stop delivers these.

» LEAN (ex. Lean Manufacturing)

There is no standardized process to become ‘lean’. Every organization must determine their own ‘roadmap for success’. So you have found your designated way. PiT-Stop simplifies the search for waste and for non value-adding activities by delivering ideas from employees. With PiT-Stop you create the necessary transparency and ensure simultaneously the involvement of all employees in the optimization process.

» Six Sigma

With large production runs and series it is necessary to understand the influencing factors. Employees on the factory floor provide, through PiT-Stop, many important suggestions that help to identify even the smallest sources of errors and problems. If the employees are also involved in the problem solving phase, then the necessary measures are carried and supported by all.

» Toyota Production Systems (TPS)

PiT-Stop helps identify and eliminate waste of all types and allows employees to submit suggestions where improvement potential still exists. All employees are involved and this helps to ensure that the culture of improvement is both understood and valued.

» Value Stream Mapping (VSM)

You identify non value-add activities and develop teamwork-based solutions through the direct involvement of employees through PiT-Stop. This provides the highest levels of acceptance which in turn ensures that the measures are quickly implemented.
PiT-Stop (problem finding, structuring and solving in teams) delivers not only the necessary suggestions for all sorts of waste, lack of information and error sources, but also delivers the structure and problem solving methods.

The flexibility of PiT-Stop proves that we can provide a valuable enhancement. We can
co-mingle, working on behalf of and with any existing method or system that an organization currently utilizes.

If you use a method other than the ones mentioned above, we will be pleased to advise you.