LEAn – balancing

The Lean manufacturing methodology is an alternative operating system that defines balance by utilizing only the resources necessary to meet customer demand. The ideal level of resource utilization to meet customer demand can mean the sub-optimization of existing resources. For this reason, the Lean methodologies often conflict with the current measurement system of resource absorption

This physical linkage of the resources permits work tasks to be distributed, accumulated, and balanced evenly throughout the entire manufacturing cycle. When a unit is sold, the entire line “ratchets” the next unit downstream. The Lean line is designed so that all processes work at the same speed. Because products are produced one piece at a time at the same rate, this type of line is often referred to as a “flow” line” The Lean manufacturing methodologies are line-balancing techniques This dramatically reduces inventories and cycle times. Because manufacturing processes are simply divided into equivalent elements of work, the grouping of similar labor and machines into “departments” is no longer necessary. Only the resources required to produce the demand are located on the line. Once manufacturing processes are balanced and linked together and manufactured in sequence, products can be produced nearer their actual work content time. The wait and queue times necessary for the normal routing of products through the different manufacturing departments in batches is greatly reduced or eliminated. This physical linkage of the resources permits work tasks to be distributed, accumulated, and balanced evenly throughout the entire manufacturing cycle. When a unit is sold, the entire line “ratchets” the next unit downstream. The Lean line is designed so that all processes work at the same speed. Because products are produced one piece at a time at the same rate, this type of line is often referred to as a “flow” line” The Lean manufacturing methodologies are line-balancing techniques This dramatically reduces inventories and cycle times. Because manufacturing processes are simply divided into equivalent elements of work, the grouping of similar labor and machines into “departments” is no longer necessary. Only the resources required to produce the demand are located on the line. Once manufacturing processes are balanced and linked together and manufactured in sequence, products can be produced nearer their actual work content time.

The goal of Lean manufacturing is to establish and design a manufacturing line capable of sequentially producing multiple products, one at a time through the processes necessary to produce the product. The Lean line can achieve this goal using only the amount of time required to actually build the product. The actual work time required to produce a product through its various manufacturing processes is almost always shorter than the time required to route batches of products through a factory.

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