Knowing your capacity is the key to planning for the months and years ahead. PlanDomino calculates capacity based on your current resources and workloads. You can also create what-if scenarios for workloads and resources to enable your laboratory to plan for the future.
PlanDomino groups as many samples as possible for one run of a test (according to rules that you dictate) so the lab can operate as efficiently as possible
Tests are launched when the run is at full capacity or when the must start date is reached (based on lead times). Tests or samples can be expedited based on priority
Tests are dropped into analyst work lanes which are automatically populated with the work load. Planners can visualise analysts’ workloads as the work is allocated.
Analysts update the board (touch screen) as they complete work. Problems are highlighted immediately and notifications are sent to the appropriate managers/leaders. Work to be reviewed is prioritised and sent to the reviewer.
No more need to collect and collate data. PlanDomino automatically updates, in real-time, productivity, quality and service metrics. Deviations are highlighted and notifications are sent to the appropriate personnel.
Managing Non Test ActivityNon test activity such as cleaning, calibration, 5S audits, safety audits, training and project work is easily managed through the system. Repeatable tasks automatically pop up on the system and are allocated to work lanes.
“Following evaluation by an international panel of independent experts [PlanDomino] was scored as a high-quality project proposal in a highly competitive evaluation process.”
The Digital Lean Laboratory Solution
Exclucively from PlanDomino
The digital lean laboratory solution is based on Visual Enterprise Resource Planning (VERP). Changes in sample volumes, sample mix, equipment, standard work and personnel will affect how your laboratory should be managed. Our digital solution will ensure that you are always running efficiently without requiring in-house expertise.
Measuring activity in the laboratory uses valuable team lead and analyst time. The Digital Lean Laboratory solution from PlanDomino measures productivity, sample cycle times, routine testing effort, project effort, non-test task effort, RFT %, FTE requirements and Laboratory testing capacity.
Laboratory Managers, Quality Directors & VPs of Quality can customize their dashboard to see, at a glance, the status of an individual or a group of laboratories. See, in real-time, quality, service levels and productivity metrics.
Reduced Analyst Turnover
Reduced Investigation Cycle Time
Core Lean Laboratory Methodology
Most complex laboratories experience large variability of incoming workloads by way of changing number of samples and changing mix of samples. Our levelling techniques are designed to manage this variability and result in a more productive and less stressful working environment.
Creating flow in the laboratory reduces test cycle times and work in progress. It is made possible by standardising routine work and is enhanced by levelling techniques. Flow results in an overall more productive sample/test management system.
Standardising routine work in the laboratory (including non-test activity) ties levelling and flow together in a way that gives lab managers control over available resources. It also improves test repeatability and reduces time taken to train new analysts.
As a part of the overall lean laboratory concept, visual representation of data, workloads and current state is vital. Visual management includes standup meeting boards, display of workloads, visual management of physical samples, metrics and many others. It improves overall communication, both on-the-fly and long term management of issues and investigations, management of available resources (including equipment and personnel), management of non-test tasks and safety issues.
Most analysts have no experience of examining the processes that they carry out day to day. This can be an exciting time in the laboratory as ideas, such as one-piece flow and 1 minute 1 day, are introduced. Analysts learn how to reduce waste in their work environment and how to add value to their team. It is important that structures are put in place to allow analysts time to critically examine what they do in order to make improvements.