For original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), reducing lead times is key to success and a major player when it comes to lean manufacturing, and many methods exist to meet this goal.
To successfully move toward lean manufacturing, it's essential to have a solid plan in place and clear goals to aim for.
Lean manufacturing is here to stay, and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that want to keep up with the competition will need to stay on top of the many tools and methods, such as value stream mapping, to keep their factories running efficiently and smoothly.
Staying on top of the latest industry trends is an effective way to keep original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) at the forefront of the competition, and this is especially true when it comes to technology.
Keeping everything operational and running efficiently is challenging enough, but when you're bogged down with dozens of different tasks and processes to worry about, it's difficult to give your full attention to any one aspect of the production process.
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.
When it comes to lean manufacturing, one of the areas original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) should not overlook is productivity.
Inventory management can be complicated, confusing and time-consuming, dragging down lean manufacturing efforts for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).