From layout of the floor and assignment of the labor force to cellular work centers, the organization of manufacturing work is undergoing change.
Change largely occasioned by shifts in marketplace expectations for:
Quality On-time Delivery Shorter Lead Times
Factory layouts—once exclusively organized in functional work centers producing large quantities of lower-level parts for sub-assembly inventory—are now giving way to product (or product group) work cells in which the entire product is fabricated and assembled with little or no sub-assembly inventory. Such cells, staffed by members of a team who are empowered to self-inspect their work, adhere to a schedule and meet productivity measurements, and are producing greater quantities of goods in smaller lots with less inventory and higher quality.
In developing new manufacturing organizations, we assist clients in:
- Plant layout for greater throughput and productivity;
- Development of product oriented work cell organization;
- Establishment of cross-functional work teams in both cellular and traditional organizations;
- Project management for plant relocation and re-layouts;
- Plant site selection.
Factory re-organization need not be a capital-intensive process. At The Remington Group, we treat such opportunities as the means to obtain a capital improvement without a capital expenditure. To contact us, click here or call 609.497.6400.