How Manufacturing Employers Are Getting Lean

October 12, 2015    

Kansas City, Kan.— In 2015, manufacturing and distribution employers continue to utilize lean manufacturing components and programs. In fact, usage of programs is increasing, according to the 2015 Compensation Data Manufacturing & Distribution survey results. Of the six lean manufacturing programs surveyed, all six saw an increase in usage over what was reported by employers in 2014.  With 71.3 percent of employers reporting use of 5S, the program is the lean manufacturing program of choice. The program options surveyed and their reported utilization are:

  1. 5S is utilized by 71.3 percent of employers. This is the highest rate of usage reported for 5S in the past 5 years.
  2. Kaizen is utilized by 60.2 percent of employers, up from 56.4 percent in 2014.
  3. Kanban is utilized by 38.3 percent of employers, up from 36.6 percent in 2014.
  4. Six Sigma is utilized by 63.3 percent of employers. This is the highest rate of usage reported for Six Sigma in the past 5 years.
  5. Takt Time Analysis is utilized by 22.7 percent of employers, up from 22.5 percent in 2014.
  6. Value Stream Mapping is utilized by 46.0 percent of employers, up from 42.9 percent in 2014.

“A well-executed lean manufacturing program does more than reduce waste and expense from the supply chain,” said Amy Kaminski, Vice President, for Compdata Surveys & Consulting. “It adds value. It adds value for the customer, as well as the employee. When employees have a clear and accountable role that adds value for the customer, it can increase employee satisfaction and retention.” 

About the Survey

Compensation Data Manufacturing & Distribution 2015 provides a comprehensive summary of pay data, benefits information and pay practices with an effective date of January 1, 2015. More than 250 industry-specific job titles and 550 benchmark titles were surveyed ranging from entry-level to top executives, with data collected from nearly 25,000 manufacturers and distributors across the country. 

Since 1988, Compdata Surveys & Consulting has provided HR professionals with the compensation tools they need to stay competitive. With an extensive pay and benefits database and experienced compensation consultants, we are a full-service firm providing innovative solutions to complex compensation challenges. Thousands of organizations provide data in each of our 12 industry-specific surveys every year, ensuring the reliability of our results. For more information about the compensation and benefits surveys, contact KC Hall at (800) 300-9570.


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