Set-up: improvement and production planning
Every manufacturing company must do the set-up (changeover) activity. Without this activity the work cannot be carried out and the flexibility imposed by the clients’ requests cannot be ensured.
But I often meet companies that do not have a standard time for each type of set-up or at least for the most frequent, complex or longer set-ups. Moreover, or as a consequence, this standard time is not captured in production planning.
Negative effects (decrease of profit/increase of costs): pressure on the standard cycle time of the operations for the recovery of the set-up time to meet production target, overtime, in quality, premature deterioration of the equipment, personal rotation, stress and non-productivity of people, inconsistent improvement of the set-up, and especially unsatisfied customers even fully.
Therefore, even though the standard operating procedure (SOP) for the set-up is at least as important as the SOP of the current activities, the SOP for the set-up is non-existent in many companies and, consequently, it cannot be improved.
In this context, a question arises: is standardization of the set-up and its inclusion in production planning really a problem encountered by you in companies?
Source: Alin Posteucă on LinkedIn
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