Thoughts on the
An essential part of design and engineering
Lean principles are great guide posts, even for teams that don't use a lean evaluation process.
Brainstorm and dig into the details of every aspect of a product - slim down and lean out!
7 Areas of waste addressed through lean process and design
1. Over- production
Accumulation of finished goods is like storing rolls of cash on the shelf. Only by defining market demand clearly can manufacturing capacity be matched to demand.
Designing products to maximize the use of a minim number of discrete components is essential to reduce inventory burden.
Designing products that flow through the least number of departments is one area where design can reduce unnecessary movement on the production floor.
Assemblies that can only be put together the right way is an area where design can be effective in reducing rework.
Unnecessary and awkward operator motions, or having to move the product around to complete the assembly starts in the design process.
A complete definition of customer expectation is essential in eliminating unnecessary processes that cost the company money for no positive end.
An understanding of manufacturing capacities, and process flow must be considered during the design phase to eliminate process losses.
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