Main content of lean factory design
The traditional way of plant layout begins with equipment and tooling, and finally considers the flow of processes. Unlike traditional factory layouts, lean factory design layout begins with the customer and then designs the process flow around the workforce.
Lean factory design should comprehensively apply the knowledge of lean production ideas, system engineering, enterprise management, etc., and use parallel technology, information technology and other means to determine the factory design plan that meets the requirements of lean production concept. The main design contents are as follows:
(1) Production line layout based on lean thinking
The design of the best production line must be independent of the current legacy workflow and should reduce or eliminate large amounts of moving time for products and materials. According to the assembly requirements, placing the part loading process on the assembly point where the material of the production line is consumed will reduce the movement and waiting time.
(2) Lean logistics system design
According to the lean production point of view, logistics is not a value-added link. Therefore, the goal of lean logistics system design is to minimize the logistics and strive to minimize the waste in the logistics process while meeting the production requirements. To break the limitations of the profession, try to set up and no intermediate inventory area, and completely follow the process flow layout. All ideas that minimize the amount of movement and optimize the flow of the product should be tested. Ultimately, a practical and appropriate approach should be taken to finalize the production line in order to maximize the benefits of the production process. .
(3) Lean selection and arrangement of equipment
It is necessary to fully consider the relationship between the various production links, and on the basis of realizing the capacity requirements, try to achieve a balanced production capacity and reflect the idea of lean flow. At the same time, the choice of equipment is not based on the most advanced standards, but the small size, low investment, flexibility and other indicators are put in the first place, in order to meet the needs of flexible production in the future.
(4) Lean staffing
Traditional factories use the “scheduled system” staffing, but this method increases the cost of the enterprise and reduces the response speed of the enterprise under the multi-variety and small-batch production methods. Lean factory design, it is recommended to use the least staff to achieve the same production needs, through the training of employees, so that it has a variety of skills, so that with the change in production, flexible arrangements for operators.
(5) Lean selection of auxiliary equipment
Although the fixtures and tools required for production assistance are not resource equipment, they must be considered for lean production. It must be designed to accommodate the movement of the required materials, such as the passage of the automatic loading and unloading trucks and large material containers. It is necessary to design the station to be more compact, but at the same time, the operator should be considered to be as ergonomic as possible.
In addition, the design of the lean factory should also include the planning of the public facilities of the factory, the design of the information system, etc., and should be carried out according to the specific needs of the factory and the actual situation of the enterprise.
The goal of lean plant design is to minimize waste and overload in the work process while enhancing visual communication on site.