There are a number of tools OEMs can use to this end, including five innovations that can prove extremely beneficial in the manufacturing industry: gemba, hoshin kanri, jidoka, kaizen and poka-yoke.
As efficiency is a key factor in successful lean manufacturing efforts, it is imperative that original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are able to measure the finer points of their equipment and production processes.
Many different external factors can threaten the supply chain both globally and locally. While it can be difficult to predict when the next political fiasco or natural disaster will strike, looking to recent issues can provide insight into what sorts of incidents manufacturers can prepare to face.
The equipment you use to build your products plays an integral role in production, and if anything isn't delivering high-quality results it can drag down your entire operation. Thankfully, there's a formula that can help you measure overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) so you can more easily manage your factory floor.
Labor disputes among union workers at ports along the West Coast have been creating slowed deliveries and port congestion for months, but recent updates show the story may be drawing to a close.
Environmental and internal threats are always present for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), but there are also steps you can take to mitigate those risks.
When you come across a faulty component during a build, it can bring production to a dead stop. Not only will you have to replace the fastener or other class C component, but your workers will need to check any products built prior to the discovery for the same issue.