Modern Machine Shop

DEC 2018

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COMPETING IDEAS MMS DECEMBER 2018 32 Manufacturing Management AUTHOR | Wayne S. Chaneski Executive Director, Center for Manufacturing Systems New Jersey Institute of Technology improve such tasks, so a Kaizen approach is ideal. During a recent Kaizen event, a company devel- oped a clever way of combining the order picking and inventory put-away processes. As part of the event, a new pick/putaway cart was configured and used the same day, thereby demon- strating the Kaizen objective of quickly making good changes. • Purchasing departments. Kaizen events here can also review frequently occurring pro- cesses. Delays are often inher- ent to the tasks of requesting and obtaining quotes, selecting vendors and placing purchase orders. Likewise, repetitive, non-value-added steps can result in a resource drain that hinders the effectiveness of the purchasing operation. A Kaizen event may be just what is needed to challenge some of these processes and generate ideas for improvement. • Customer service departments. A Kaizen event here may review the f low of incoming infor- mation and outgoing orders. Simply looking at how this information is received, how often is it touched and handed off, and how long it takes to complete the process can be quite revealing. One company's Kaizen event discovered their pro- cess included numerous unnecessary handoffs. They were unnecessary because everyone in the department was trained to do all required tasks, so touching an order only once was enough to complete it. Kaizen events can produce outstanding results, but they need to be scheduled frequently to maximize their impact. If Kaizen events can take place on a monthly basis, 12 "good changes" can be implemented each year. This is truly continuous improvement done continuously. Every one of these events produced outcomes that exceeded the effort expended. Kwik Mark Inc Dot Peen Marker · Type or teach positioning · Compact flash card memory · Automatic serializing · Date/time shift coding · Mark virtually any material · True chipless engraving Contact us today · · · (815) 363-8268 · The KM-64 · American Made A R C T E X T S E R I A L : 0 0 0 1 1 7 - 2 1 - 1 7 1 8 : 2 7 Impo rt Graphics ANGULAR TEXT A N G U LA R TEXT MIRROR TEXT MIRROR TEXT REVERSE TEXT REVERSE TEXT 2D DATA MATRIX

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