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Creating a High-Quality Value Stream

By |2019-08-15T00:59:31+00:00August 14th, 2019|Process|

One could easily debate that an auto body shop is an unlikely place to see an assembly line, especially when you try to visualize “assembly line” in the traditional sense. However, there are many more similarities between collision repair and the assembly line than you may realize. When Henry Ford introduced the assembly line [...]

Smart, Simple Scheduling

By |2019-06-13T15:51:20+00:00June 10th, 2019|Process|

For collision shops that want to improve cycle time and decrease unnecessary work-in-process (WIP), scheduling is a necessity. However, I also believe far too many shops over-complicate scheduling, spending hours trying to predict the future using unstable labor hours. What I mean by unstable is that some people and even electronic scheduling systems attempt [...]

Simple Rule on Pre-Ordering Parts

By |2019-06-12T00:43:38+00:00February 21st, 2017|Process|

There are numerous philosophies in our industry on the subject of pre-ordering parts. I have noticed that in some markets across the country, most everyone pre-orders everything and in other markets, not so much. So, just to clarify, a pre-order is when a collision repair shop orders the parts for a repair job after [...]

How to Avoid Blueprinting Errors

By |2019-06-13T16:53:07+00:00January 20th, 2017|Leadership, Process|

I frequently hear from body shop leaders that are frustrated with their “blueprinter” because they make too many mistakes. The blueprinter defends him or herself with reasoning that they are “only human,” therefore it should be acceptable to make an occasional blueprint mistake. As a former shop leader myself, I too struggled with how [...]

The Fastest Shops in the World!

By |2019-06-13T21:43:58+00:00January 14th, 2017|Process|

Even with loads of lean information being thrust at us for over two decades, our collision repair industry’s average cycle time is still hovering at just over ten days. This is just the average; some shops are running at close to fifteen days or more while a small handful of innovative thinkers are able [...]

A Better Way to Measure Cycle Time

By |2019-06-07T15:31:31+00:00October 6th, 2015|Process|

For those of you that are using your management system to measure your cycle time, congratulations! Too often, collision repair shops don’t measure their shop’s cycle time performance, instead allowing our insurance partners to measure it for us with questionable reliability. Much of the cycle time information that insurers use to measure, and judge [...]

Improve Cycle Time Using Little’s Law

By |2019-06-03T15:58:11+00:00October 6th, 2015|Process|

In the collision repair business, cycle time has become more important than ever. Cycle time is a key performance indicator that affects customer service, profitability, and length of rental. Understanding Little’s Law will give you the knowledge needed to make significant cycle time improvements. Little’s Law was named after MIT Professor, John Little, and [...]