Processes and Layout
Is the layout conducive to a good flow of materials? Are processes as connected as the current state of technology allows? Can certain tasks be semi-automated or automated without reducing the flexibility of your line? Are the operators well trained and do they have good work instructions? Are the line leaders and the supervisors doing a good job?
CMC consultants bring in the engineering muscle you need to make quick progress without significant investment.
We work on solutions that make sense to your business. For example, if long changeovers are an obstacle to a good flow of materials, we help re-engineer them based on the SMED approach. We can help put U-shaped cells in place if they show their value with your processes.
These lean tools and techniques have allowed typical Chinese factories to increase their efficiency by 20-60%. One critical indicator we look at is value-added time. We often get operators from 3-6 seconds per minute to 20 seconds or more — it means the time they spend actually transforming the product is multiplied by a factor of three or more. This can realistically be achieved with a 6-month lean improvement project.