TITLE

Make it Flow: Moving from Batch and Queue to Single Piece Flow

AUTHOR(S)
Wood, Nigel
PUB. DATE
May 2004
SOURCE
Management Services;May2004, Vol. 48 Issue 5, p14
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article examines ways in which executives can build on their understanding of the value stream or supply chain in order to achieve the fulfillment of the 4th lean principle which is to make the product flow. The tools identified are those that have been used successfully by lean coaches within the company Boots Manufacturing to improve overall equipment effectiveness and improve the flow of products through the packing process. The rate at which the process needs to flow is defined as the Takt Time. The aim of line balancing is to ensure that the time taken for each operation is in balance with those operations either side and is at, or below, the Takt Time for the product being manufactured. It would be necessary to produce faster than the Takt Time if the production resource was required for the manufacture of other products and there was a limit to capacity available with no option to increase this by working extra hours, investing in duplicate equipment and others. In such a case inventory so created would not be deemed unnecessary but necessary for buffering demand. The first step in line balancing is to measure all the steps in the production process using a chart.
ACCESSION #
13700366

 

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