This is a nice article for those looking to update their skills sets for today’s economy. Based on the survey results from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE),...
This article points to several great opportunities when implementing Lean principles and tools to solve a problem. First, the author points to Lean as “having very small amounts of work-in-process (WIP) moving rapidly through the entire process to the customer” or known as flow. To improve the flow, a U, O, D or C looking cell for manufacturing produces the best options. Straight lines or “I line” are avoided to eliminate excessive walking and wait time. It also hides inventory.
By utilizing the “U” shape, we can effectively balance the production line by allowing for multiple combinations of tasks and operations. A great point in the article is to focus on “FLOW” not layout of machines or equipment. When configuring your “U” shape layout, optimize “FLOW” first then worry about machine layout after.
Gary Kapanowski – Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt – Excelsior
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