Reducing waste offers perhaps the largest opportunity
for improving manufacturing performance. 'Waste' encompasses raw material
waste, wasted inventory, wasted end-products, wasted time, wasted efforts
and unnecessary rework. Some degree of loss is inevitable, the key factor
is to develop procedures and systems that keep these losses to a minimum
to maximize yield.
The consultants at HMC
are experts in analyzing manufacturing processes and helping clients
identify and reduce or eliminate production waste. Using our Holistic
Manufacturing approach we identify key problem areas that
produce excessive waste or rejects.Traditionally, two major sources
of waste are:
Product changeovers and
HMC has developed several
tools to help streamline changeovers. One of them is the Product Wheel,
which is used to optimize the changeover process through improved scheduling.
manufacturers use a matrix to establish acceptable times for changeover
between SKUs. This optimizes any one
specific week but not each change process. The
Product Wheel methodology optimizes the product sequence based on the
complexity of the changeover elements combined with demand, which dramatically
HMC uses technical and
human systems tools
to analyze your production process and get to the root causes of waste
and rejects. Poor training, lack of written procedures, inconsistent
management and organizational impediments can be responsible for a significant
part of waste. Our Holistic approach ensures
that the root causes are identified and that corrections are properly
implemented and are sustainable.
Read how HMC helped Cigarrera
Bigott reduce waste by a factor of four and helped a Nobleza
Piccardo, Argentina reduce waste by 60%.
If your material waste and rejects are too high or
getting out of control, then contact
the experts at HMC to learn more about their reject and waste
reduction service and how it can help you turn lost resources
into increased profits!