Standard Work Combination Sheet / SWCS (+Form +Video)
A Standard Work Combination Sheet (SWCS) is also known as a Standard Work Combination Chart, a Standardized Work Combination Table, or some other variant. Regardless of what you call it, it is one of the most critical documents to your Lean success.
Click the image to get a free Standard Work Combination Sheet Sample. (Note that this example is from Whaddaya Mean I Gotta Be Lean?)
Standard Work Combination Sheets goes hand-in-hand with Standard Work Sheets. In essence, the Standard Work Combination Sheet shows work flow on a graph and clearly depicts:
b. The Standard Work Combination Sheet provides employees with a quick and easy refresher when posted in a work cell. They can glance up and check that they are doing the process correctly. This is especially important as Lean takes hold and employees rotate jobs more frequently.
2. As a quality tool. When a problem is discovered, the first step should be to confirm that the process is being consistently followed. The Standard Work Combination Sheet makes it easy to audit an operation.
3. As a management tool. The Standard Work Combination Sheet helps managers:
c. Keep things running smoothly. Knowing exactly where an employee should be at any point in a takt time lets managers get them help immediately when things go south.
4. As a continuous improvement tool. The Standard Work Combination Sheet, to the experienced eye, screams out incidents of waste. When this waste is easily identified, it is much more likely to be eliminated.
Directions for Completing Your Standard Work Combination Sheet
Fill out all header and footer information.
Coordinate the numbers with the steps shown on the Standard Work Sheet. The two documents should go together.