Efficiency and performance in both production and administration processes decreases step by step, if they are not controlled and supported. It is important that variances to the required norm are identified at an early stage and problems which arise are efficiently solved.
SFM (shop floor management) creates a method package for managerial staff which contains the following:
- Regular target- performance comparisons
- A clear documentation of the tasks, competences and responsibilities (TCR)
- Create early warning discussions which focus upon escalation avoidance and support
- Daily measurement and consolidation of key performance data.
- implementing the "A3- method"
- Problem solving using an early warning system coupled to short lead times and feed-back reporting
- Problem avoidance using "Poke-Yoke"
"All and everything that the customer is prepared to pay for" this definition of added value implies that the work activity in the production contains a lot of wastage (sometimes necessary, and sometimes obvious).
Lean Manufacturing forms a spectrum of methods for the formation of a value stream. The work packages contain the following content:
- Introduction of efficient production cells
- Arrangement of production synchronised to customer cycle time
- Multiple tasking and machine handling
- Optimisation of set up times
- "Pull" production using "Supermarket" and "Kanban principles"
- Reduction of production flow time, by introducing smaller transport/production batches.
Internal process efficiency without internal processes is only as good as the upstream work flow. Quality, Cost and OTD (on time delivery)-Supplier management implementing the methods of Shop floor management and Lean Management in the work in progress, contains the following content: