was at a level that more resembled
true demand. Except for rare occurrences, the CNC machines were idle
for about six weeks while excess WIP
As you can see in the before-lean
picture, there was so much inventory
that it is hard to see equipment or
people. DCC was allowing the customer to set the pace, but they dropped
the green flag before the pace lap was
The lean transition photo shows
how initial improvements have led to
better utilization of floor space, reduced inventory, and a sense of order
rather than confusion.
The stage has been set for quantum
leap improvements that will enable
the company to double their capacity through existing resources, while
reducing internal manufacturing time
by at least 75 percent.
The current protocol for beginning
the production cycle is still driven
by push thinking with most orders
released to the machining centers four
or more weeks before the target install
Work enters production by job
rather than by room. Why does that
Think about how the install process
unfolds. Do you install every room at
the same time, or do you install one
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Initial improvements led to better use of floor
space, reduced inventory, and a sense of order.