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Can LEAN manufacturing principles be of benefit to a BATCH process?

Lee September 28th, 2011
By Lee

By following the 3P’s (production, preparation and process)It is a process which should be addressed at the very beginning as it looks at breaking down the equipment into smaller equipment.  This in turn will speed up change over times, reduce capital and running costs.

This last point of change over times is a vital ingredient in the lean process.  Single Minute Exchange of Dye (SMED) will depend on whether you chose to keep the inventory smaller or whether you use change over time to increase capacity.

Other aspects of the lean journey which are critical to look at are the energy consumption utilized in a batch process.  Due to the nature of the batch process, machines use more energy as they are fired up more than on a continuous process.

The engagement and involvement of staff is the most important ingredient needed to start any continuous improvement and lean culture in any business of any nature

Other tools such as TPM, 5’s Poka Yoke systems, are all just as important in a batch process as in a continuous process. However the engagement and involvement of staff is the most important ingredient needed to start any continuous improvement and lean culture in any business of any nature.

For more information on lean, continuous improvement, manufacturing and engineering please visit www.dudleychild.co.uk

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Lean, batch, continuous improvement, smed, 5’s. manufacturing, engineering

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