Balance the Workload

Step 7 - Level load the system by understanding Muri and Mura

Course Summary

 Why Balance the Workload?
Balance the Workload is focused on the removal of  mura  which translates into English as “unevenness or irregular.” Mura occurs  when a process is consistently stopping and starting because the flow  of work into ad through the process is sporadic.

What is Balanced Workload?
When a company has started to see improvements to its process flow,  it needs to focus on balancing the workload. Unevenness in the process  flow will still be a problem at this stage in their lean implementation.  Two factors cause the problem, unbalanced work content and fluctuations  in customer demand. It is important to find ways to balance out these  two factors to level the production and improve process flow.

How is it possible to balance the workload?
There are three things that have a direct impact on balancing the production workload:
    1. The amount of work content at each operation involved in the overall process.
    2. Fluctuations in customer demand, which starve or overburden the production process.
    3. An ability to implement “heijunka” or “production smoothing” to overcome these problems.

What is the process to create a balanced workload?
A business must implement a workplace organization process, improve  process flow, reduce changeover times and implement a pull system. These  will help to stabilize the production system. Next, complete time  studies on work content at each workstation. Evenly distribute the  workload between the workstations. Once the work content has been  balanced, implement heijunka or production smoothing. Determine customer  demand, that is what’s needed and when it’s needed and schedule the  work in small kanban quantities. This will mean holding a little extra  inventory at certain times but the production flow should be balanced  with less fluctuations.

Course Curriculum

Christopher Turner

After working for almost 40 years in the continuous improvement field with clients around the world, I am sharing my personal knowledge and hands-on experience through these cost-effective and self-paced online training courses with any person, group or organization that wants to learn how to improve their business processes.

John Gent


Highly Recommended Course. Easy to Understand, Informative, Very Well Organized. The Course is Full of Practical and Valuable for Anyone who wants to Enhance their Skills. Really Enjoyed it. Thank you!!

Course Pricing

Balance the Workload

$55 USD

  • Step 7 - Learn to level load the production system!

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