Lean Enterprise

Our group of enterprises are on a lean journey. We refer to our production system as the Horst Way. Lean is part of the language of our culture. Historically, the drive for efficiency was a function of the entrepreneurial spirit of our founder and our highly skilled employees. In recent years, it has been part of our formal continuous improvement system.

Horst Engineering’s 2027 plan is geared towards growth. Lean enterprise is a customer centric growth strategy that helps organizations creates new capacities and skills by eliminating waste while maintaining respect for people.

Horst employees gather for a team meeting.lean enterprise n.: the process of analyzing the flow of information and materials, and continuously improving the process to achieve enhanced value for enterprise. Often referred to as lean manufacturing, lean production, or just “lean.”

Horst Engineering is guided by our company’s core values, the Horst Mission and driven by our customers’ needs, desires, and challenges.  The Horst Way has always been a work in progress with the motivation of a never-ending quest for production efficiency. This lean transformation is ongoing.

What is Lean Thinking?

The Toyota Production System is viewed as a model of lean enterprise. The five key principles that the Toyotal Production System is based upon:

  1. Identify value through the customer’s eyes.
  2. Define the value stream.
  3. Create flow where possible.
  4. Establish pull where flow is not possible.
  5. Continually pursue perfection.

The Seven Wastes

  1. Overproduction
  2. Transportation
  3. Motion
  4. Waiting
  5. Processing
  6. Inventory
  7. Defects

We also identify Communication and Environmental Wastes.

Horst Engineering has a formal system for kaizen activity, in which we use a team based, cross-functional approach to eliminating waste. Maximizing efficiency results in better value for our customers and facilitiates growth of our enterprises. Our company has worked with many capable third party facilitators and consultants. We also value the collaboration that comes from our membership in industry organizations like the ACM and the NTMA.