2 day(s) | 1.40 CEUs REGISTRATION FEE: Member: $795 | Non-member: $1,145
Adapting Lean for High-Mix Low-Volume Facilities
Small and medium enterprises (SME) engaged in high-mix low-volume (HMLV) manufacturing operate more like jobshops. They do not operate like Toyota with their multi-product assembly lines with each line assembling a limited variety of automobiles. Therefore, HMLV manufacturers must be both lean (efficient and waste-free) and flexible (able to rapidly changeover their machines, work cells and support systems to produce a variety of products) in order to be able to deliver orders by due dates to their many customers. So how does an HMLV manufacturer simultaneously achieve the capabilities of a large assembly facility and a small jobshop? The answer is JobshopLean, a manufacturing strategy that has adapted and blended the relevant practices of the Toyota Production System with other proven practices that were pioneered in the UK by Serck Audco Valves in the 1960s!
Typically, the lean thinking process proposed by James Womack and Daniel Jones is implemented in a factory as follows:
But, in the case of job shops, the “lean toolkit” for implementing the Womack-Jones process needs to be radically changed and enhanced. That is because the Toyota Production System was designed for low-variety high-volume (LVHV) product assembly; whereas, the high-mix low-volume manufacturer is best served by a production system designed for job shops. “JobshopLean” recognizes waste elimination has to be the foundation for a successful HVLV manufacturing strategy. However, a production system that is flexible, agile, reconfigurable and adaptable to business and operational conditions cannot be based on the Toyota Production System.
This course is available as a corporate training program and can be customized to meet your company’s needs. For more information, contact IIE Director of Continuing Education and Program Development Larry Aft, P.E., (770) 349-1130.
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