Improving production effiency through the Lean methods
Lean is a process management philosophy where the company and the production chain are viewed as an entity. Instead of focusing on details, the goal is to focus on optimizing the overall system.
Lean aims to provide the customer with the best possible value while also taking the manufacturer’s
needs into account. Lean also aims to improve operational efficiency by increasing the flow, cutting the turnover times and making production flexible and agile.
The key things in Lean are quickly and efficiently assessing the amount of wastage, cutting costs and improving quality. Wastage is a result of flaws and mistakes that result from fluctuations. If you only reduce waste, the waste issues will reoccur. By minimizing fluctuations, wastage can be reduced permanently. Since fluctuations are the root cause of problems, it is important to understand them.
All ARROW systems support the Lean management philosophy. Automatic production monitoring is a central Lean management tool. The Machine Track system supports the main goals of the Lean philosophy: e.g. better quality, shorter turnover times, less time wasted on malfunctions and stoppages and less wastage.
4 steps toward Lean production with the help of Machine Track
I – Reduce fluctuations
- manage technical malfunctions
- manage resource malfunctions
- improve regular maintenance
II – Minimize unproductive time
- real time data collection and monitoring
- discover root causes
- compare to the plan
III – Increase the flow
- optimize turnover times
- determine the correct production speed
IV – Reduce wastage
- measure quality production capability
- quality issue acknowledgement
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