Lean techniques go the distance

June 2003
Management Services;Jun2003, Vol. 47 Issue 6, p4
Academic Journal
A manufacturer in the woodworking environment requested that one of Scott-Grant's productivity consultants help them prepare an optimum layout for the machine shop and assembly area in their new facility. The productivity consultant had considerable experience in a comprehensive range of productivity tools and techniques to enable him to meet the client's requirements. He decided to use the Lean technique of Value Stream Mapping as the most effective way to establish current and improved product flows throughout production. In producing the Current State Map, he uncovered some pretty staggering facts in the current manufacturing process, in particular that the product had travelled half a mile during production. Taking into account the high stock levels and intricate customisation, the productivity consultant's Future State Map for the new facility included a very flexible conveyor layout. This reduced inventory removed congestion and forced an effective production flow--and reduced the journey time and distance of each product!


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