The Process Analysis Tab allows the user to quantify and qualify the process. You can assign analysis attribute values to each process step and activity.

Process steps and activities are classified into two categories: Value Added and Non Value Added activities.

An activity is considered value-adding if it is essential to the production and delivery of the product or service to meet the customer’s needs and requirements. The remaining tasks that are non essential are considered as non value-adding. Useful to think of these as activities which customer is not happy to pay for.

The Non Value Added activities can further be sub-categorized in Waste Necessary and Waste Not Necessary.

A task is considered Waste Necessary if it is required by law or regulations to allow the value-adding tasks to be carried out

Specific Type of Waste can be assigned from available types: Transport, Inventory, Motion, Waiting, Over Production, Over Processing, Defects, Skills, and None.

Description of types:

  • Transport – Moving people, products & information
  • Inventory – Storing parts, pieces, documentation ahead of requirements
  • Motion – Bending, turning, reaching, lifting
  • Waiting – For parts, information, instructions, equipment
  • Over production – Making more than is IMMEDIATELY required
  • Over processing – Tighter tolerances or higher grade materials than are necessary
  • Defects – Rework, scrap, incorrect documentation
  • Skills – Under utilizing capabilities, delegating tasks with inadequate training

The Process Analysis Tab also allows the user to identify if the process step or activity is part of the Critical Path and/or High Risk Path.

Average Actual Time, Average Waiting Time, Average Inventory Time, Average Transport Time, Average Change Over Time, Average Actual Cost, Average # of Repeats are all attributes used to quantify the process. Their values will be used to Analyze the process after characterizing the entire process. Each Time attribute value should use the format: d hh:mm:ss. The detailed explanations for each of the quantifying attributes are:

  • Average Actual Time: the average of the actual times required to perform the task identified in the process step.
  • Average Waiting Time: the average of the times spent waiting before the process step
  • Average Inventory Time: the average time that goods are waiting in inventory before being processed or shipped to the customer. This time can either be by accident or design. Inventory can be collected at the beginning, somewhere in the middle, or at the end of the process.
  • Average Transport Time: The time spent on movements of information, people, and goods resulting in wasted time, effort, and cost.
  • Average Change Over Time: The amount of time required to convert a manufacturing line from last good part of the previous product to the first good part of the new product. In a surgery facility, this could be the time to change over operating rooms between surgeries.
  • Average Actual Cost: is the amount it costs the company to perform that activity on average.
  • Review Date: is the scheduled review date of the current task
  • Average # of Active Operators: is the average number of operators involved in the execution of the task. This attribute will not affect the calculations of “Analyze Process” functionality.
  • Average # of Executions: is the average number of executions of this task in one instance of the process. If the task is executed just once then the value should be 1. In the “Analyze Process” functionality, the Time and Cost attributes will be multiplied by the value of this attribute.
  • Current maturity level: the current maturity level of the task or process and the target date for higher levels.

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