Approximating single-piece flow in a job shop environment requires an ongoing commitment to analyzing and acting on evidence.
Reveal Problems, Drive Solutions
Reforming the fundamentals of how jobs flow through a machine shop should be a data-driven process — one that includes overall equipment effectiveness data from machine monitoring.
“Workflows are more or less linear. All parts move along one of two paths: “Monster Highway” contains the large machines, cranes and wide aisles for the forklift traffic required for larger parts, while “Minion Lane” is dedicated to smaller work.
This area along “Monster Highway” serves a dual purpose: leaving ample space for the rare instances when parts protrude through the tailstocks of these these lathes, and serving as an out-of-the-way staging area for small batches of WIP when they do not.
Freedom IOT’s Smart Manufacturing Platform, consisting of multiple modules, is designed to connect industrial assets of any brand, age or process and collect data into reports accessible from desktops, laptops, tablets or smartphones.
Wintriss Controls Group’s ShopFloorConnect Version 6.0 collects downtime and production efficiency data from every machine in manufacturing operations, displays it in real time and produces manufacturing reports, including overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) reports.