doubt that correcting these issues will
take time, usually “quiet time,” which
is a rare commodity. The only thing
we value more than our time is money.
I’m certain that if you do the math
on soft costs such as the effects of bad
cutlists on the internal supply chain,
you would lock yourself in a room and
fix every single one of them.
Consider the analogy of a river
flowing down from the mountaintop
to the ocean. As the snow melts at the
top of the mountain, it’s a trickle. As
this trickle flows downward, it forms a
small stream. At the base of the mountain is a river that flows to the ocean.
Now consider the undesirable effect
that a bad cutlist has in your factory.
It starts out small. A seeming inconsequential part missing from a cutlist, so
it doesn’t get cut with the rest of the
job. The job flows through assembly
undetected. No one in finishing notices that a part is missing. The error
isn’t detected until your installer calls
and says, “Hey, where is the filler?”
The cost multiplier at each step is
exponential. Let’s do the math. Put a
filler on a cutlist, almost free. Catching it at the saw, maybe 20 minutes to
verify it’s missing, gather the material
and cut it. Let’s tag that at $25.00.
If the omission is caught in as-
sembly, you’re lucky, but you’re likely
to go through the same verification
process. Ask the saw operator, “Where
is this part?” He doesn’t know, so the
issue is elevated to engineering. They
discover the error and issue a cutlist
for the missing item. Seems simple, but
the CNC process stops to cut the filler,
which interrupts the next job. Then
the part goes to finish where there is
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