Tag: Lean

February 4, 2011

Electronic Signage in Manufacturing

Many manufacturing companies are sold on the benefits of using real-time electronic signage on the plant-floor, in shops, cafeterias, and conference rooms to display manufacturing key performance indicators. Intelligent visualization of actionable information and key performance indicators keeps people informed and everyone working on the right priorities and goals – doing the right thing, the right way, at the right time.

Justifying Operational Excellence Tools
October 14, 2010

Justifying Operational Excellence Tools

Summary:

Justification of Operational Excellence tools is not difficult. However, it is different than justifying other assets because many people that will approve the project do not understand how it will be used to achieve business goals. The justification should layout the whole story – to guide those that will approve the expenditure to show them the capital will provide identifiable, auditable results and meet their financial justification thresholds.

A recommended 7 step method for justification of OPEX tools is as follows:

Step 1: State your program goals that the equipment will help you achieve.
Step 2: State specifically how you will integrate the tools into standard work.
Step 3: State how the tools will help you track and ensure success based on KPIs.
Step 4: State why investing in the project is the preferred way to achieve the goals.
Step 5: Identify benefits for the new equipment and meeting the target goals.
Step 6: Discuss benefits with owners and champions.
Step 7: Write justification emphasizing benefits supported by owners and champions.

I will cover some specific benefits for OPEX Tools next month.

My advice to me.
June 20, 2010

My advice to me.

When I talk to manufacturing companies as a consultant or as a sales agent – I challenge them to be the lowest cost producer when the plant is pushing capacity and when the plant is cutting back. You want a company name on the door and people working inside and the only way to do this is to be able to keep making a product at a low margin. Effective manufacturing, increasing product mix, lowering changeover time, increasing first pass yield, increasing uptime are all highly important to remain profitable. Facilities are closing and corporations are smart enough to close the highest cost producer.

Workshops for OEE and Process Intelligence
June 20, 2010

Workshops for OEE and Process Intelligence

What is the difference between a meeting and a workshop? What is the difference between a presentation and a workshop? What is the difference between routing a functional specification for comments/approval and a functional specification workshop?

Lean When Orders are Down
June 20, 2010

Lean When Orders are Down

Almost every segment of manufacturing is being affected by the downturn in the economy. Some are in a full crisis. I was at the site of a prospect two weeks ago. Their demand is low and their warehouse inventories are high. The manufacturing facility is running at about 25% of the capacity that is was only a year ago. Is this the time to put your head down, nose to the grindstone, work and tough this thing out saving every penny?

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