Guidelines for Machine arrangement in a Continuous Flow Production

Pic Courtesy: https://www.assemblymag.com/articles/89823-lean-plant-layout

 

In our last blog post, we shared our latest Infographic on 8 wastes according to Lean Manufacturing. In this blog, we would discuss the points that are to be considered while forming a cell for creating a continuous flow layout.

 

  • Simple Single task equipment’s can be preferred over Large Multi-tasking equipment

 

  • Introduce auto eject (Level 3 Automation) whenever operators must use both hands to handle the part

 

  • Install one touch automation in possible areas. One touch automation means that an operator can place a part in a machine, Initiate the machine cycle and move on

 

  • Avoid batching, Ideally machines should be able to process one piece at a time in less than Takt time

 

  • Incorporate sensors to signal abnormal conditions and even automatically stop machines if necessary, So operations don’t needs to watch machines during their cycle

 

  • Design in maintainability. This means machine designs that are easily accessible for maintenance and repairs, and can be fixed quickly.

 

  • At the pacemaker process, strive to devise machine changeovers between different and items that take less than one takt time cycle

 

Source: “Creating Continuous Flow ” by Mike Rother & Rick Harris