What is ECRS?
ECRS is unique approach towards process activity optimization, and if we keep the 7 types of waste in mind and use the ECRS tool in combination with other efforts such SMED (single minute exchange of dies), 5W1H, 5WHY´s or 5S it will be powerful indeed.
ECRS, stands for the following:
Eliminate - In this step, it’s important to identify the steps that can be quickly eliminated. Where possible, eliminate the details of work.
Combine - When work cannot be eliminated, then seek to combine them. In this step, the Combine phase addresses the Who, Where, and When.
Rearrange - Work can also be rearranged.
Simplify - And, a good rule of thumb regardless of the situation is to simplify anyway. Of course, we want to Eliminate first but, if not, then Combine, Rearrange, and Simplify will be helpful.