Value Stream Mapping

Value stream mapping (VSM) serves as a critical tool during the assessment process and can reveal substantial opportunities to reduce costs, enhance production flow, save time, reduce inventory, and improve environmental performance.

The assessment team leads a collaborative effort to create a current state VSM of the identified product or process line. The map should examine areas that offer the greatest potential for lean and green improvement such as: inventory, inputs, outputs, wastes, non-value-added steps, worker safety issues, energy consumptions, bottlenecks and rework.

Once the current state VSM is completed, the assessment team then creates a future state map of the identified product or process line that includes lean and green improvement recommendations made by the group. The team assumes a future state map is not limited by capital restraints; it should represent a fully optimized line in its ideal state.

 

On behalf of New Mexico State University, the New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Centers (TMAC), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s El Paso Border Office, we welcome the citizens, businesses, industries, and government agencies as participants in New Mexico’s “E3” Program.

The primary function of the federal “E3 Program” is to improve local Economic conditions by improving Environmental performance and Energy efficiency in the manufacturing sector with the assistance of EPA, other federal agencies, public utilities and local technical assistance providers.  The goal is to assist industry in increasing operational efficiencies and related cost-savings through on-site technical assistance for pollution prevention and energy efficiency; this will include Lean & Green training and assessments as well as implementation or strengthening of environmental and energy programs within manufacturing facilities.

We look forward to working with your team, conducting the energy and environmental assessments, collecting and analyzing production and energy data, and working with you on recommendations for improved efficiencies and potential cost-savings.

This activity will be one of several that have been scheduled in recent years in the Paso del Norte region of southern New Mexico and west Texas with the goal of improving energy and environmental performance in the region.  All E3 services are provided at no charge to the manufacturer through the generous support of the technical service providers and EPA.

Please feel free to contact us to provide input or to ask any questions about this E3 process.

Chris Campbell
IEE
NM State University
c: 505.263.0646
Andrea Holling
NM Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Albuquerque, NM
c: 505.681.1916
Hilario Gamez
TMAC
University of Texas, El Paso
c: 915.204.3523
Kurt Middelkoop
TMAC
University of Texas, Arlington
c: 817.307.0613