Chris Mosby, the Lean Manager for Topper Industrial, recently explained how thinking beyond the pilot line for the PFEP (Plan for Every Part) when designing the parameters of the database is essential. Some other value streams may require data that are not reflected in the pilot line. Even if there are blank areas in the data, it is better to begin with a comprehensive database as possible.
Just as in one-piece flow, the goal is to use the smallest possible measure for each item. Use the smallest increments of measure, such as pounds versus tons, and inches instead of feet. Assign a PFEP Manager for each value stream, from the Production Control department. This is the only person who can update or change items in the PFEP. Keep the control for changes in as few hands as possible to avoid errors.
The next step in the Lean logistics conversion is to create a purchased parts supermarket. Once all materials and information for the smooth flow of the target area have been gathered, supermarket can be created.
With a proper Lean assessment, manufacturers must remember to leave space around the value-added production cells for supermarkets. The closer the supermarket can be to the point-of-use, the less motion and transportation waste there will be, and the more closely linked the Lean logistics system will be. The aim is to have a system that behaves like the autonomous nervous system, able to react to signals (pull) quickly.
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About Topper Industrial
For more than twenty years, Topper Industrial, (www.TopperIndustrial.com) based just outside of Milwaukee, WI, has been a leader in the material handling equipment industry. The company’s product roster features industrial carts, conveyors, lifts, lifts & tilts, shipping racks, containers, casters, and cart components. From mother-daughter carts to quad steer carts to tilt carts and rotate carts, Topper’s material handling solutions make delivering material line side more effective through more efficient practices. Topper Industrial has a team of experienced professional experts able to assess and provide the right product for all material handling equipment requirements.
Topper Industrial is a proud member of MHI. The Topper Industrial client roster includes Anderson Windows, Detroit Diesel, Honda, Kia Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Aramark, Johnson Controls, Whirlpool, and Caterpillar. Follow on Twitter @TopperInd. Call 800-529-0909.
Company Name: Topper Industrial
Contact Person: Jillian Burrow, Marketing Manager
Address:1729 NE Frontage Road
Country: United States