Flow manufacturing's components and benefits.

Dec. 21, 2004
Flow Manufacturing's Five Components
  • Line-design tools balance production lines by calculating the standard pace of the line in daily production.
  • Operational-method sheets provide how-to instructions for line workers for each process, documenting work and inspection steps.
  • Kanban-replenishment modules enable a pull system of material replenishment with suppliers and feeder lines.
  • Demand smoothing enables managers to calculate daily production needs based on orders, helping determine resource needs for each product line.
  • Production execution reconciles finished products with inventory, material, and labor. Flow Manufacturing's Typical Benefits
  • Increased inventory turns
  • Reduced product defects
  • Better on-time deliveries
  • Reduced manufacturing floor space
  • Better supplier relationships
  • Lower IS costs
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