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Fill out all header and footer information.
Draw the layout of the work area as close to scale as you can. You don’t need fancy artwork, but it should be easy to tell what you are looking at.
Show the path of the operator (or operators) on the sheet.
Draw in the standard work-in-process in the station. A rule of thumbis that there is one piece for each automated machine, and one for each operator.
Draw in any qualitychecks and areas that need a special emphasis on safety.
WARNING: If you find yourself drawing in a safey icon, you should also be making a project to reduce the risk.
Write in your name, and get the sheet reviewed by the leader who is responsible for the work area.
Sample of the Standard Work Sheet from Whaddaya Mean I Gotta Be Lean? by Jeff Hajek
Computer generated Standard Work Sheets look nice (see below), but people are reluctant to change them. If you want to create these forms on a computer, make sure you also hang a red pen near where you post them so changes can be marked in when improvements are made.
The lines should show a general flow, not every step the person takes. Do that on a spaghetti chart. (Spaghetti charts are often drawn on Standard Work Sheets during an improvement project to show all the walking an operator does. The drawing often ends up looking like a bowl of pasta, hence the name.)
Put a process in place to manage updates to the Standard Work Sheets. Otherwise, they end up being like a history lesson–they show how the process used to be done.
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