Harnessing Process Modeling for Lean TransformationsMay 15, 2024 3:00 PM UTC

As the world’s largest medical device manufacturer, Metronic has consistently demonstrated remarkable progress in implementing process improvements. These wins come in a space where the "test and learn" ethos of process excellence clashes with notoriously stringent regulations on medical devices.

A process improvement team at Medtronic noticed that a critical production line’s value stream map didn’t provide the data needed to really understand the process variation that was causing bottlenecks. Staple Lean metrics like average cycle time and takt time failed to reveal any significant discoveries, and variation, the real source of production bottlenecks, was lurking. To take a proactive approach and collect solid evidence to support process changes before approval and implementation, they turned to Process Playground.

In this webinar we explore how Medtronic uses MoreSteam's process modeling tool, Process Playground, to drive lean transformations on its production lines. View the recording to discover how their approach to process improvement has enabled them to enhance product quality, labor efficiency, and lead time in the production of critical medical devices.

Ryan Magnuson

Senior Operational Excellence Program ManagerMedtronic

Ryan Magnuson has been with Medtronic for over eight years and is currently the Senior Operational Excellence Program Manager. Ryan is a certified Master Black Belt by MoreSteam and The Ohio State University and is part of the Enterprise Process and Leadership Excellence team. He has a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Ryan is skilled in project management, statistics, business intelligence tools and analytics, DMAIC A3 methodology, Lean Six Sigma, and Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA).

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