Monday, April 26, 2010

One Piece Flow in a Welding Shop

Sometimes video speaks more than words. I love using video for training and I'm always on the lookout for short clips that demonstrate TPS or Lean principles. The following video shows single piece flow in a welding shop. It is approximately 6 minutes long, the ideal length to use in a training session. Short and to the point. I looked in vain for a "before" video, but, alas, it was not to be.

Besides single piece flow, it also shows leveled production, since it appears that there are two types of bars being fabricated and the process alternates between them.





As with any process, there's always room for improvement. Perhaps there is an opportunity to reduce the WIP between stations? How about holders for the pieces, so they don't roll around so much? Or moving that skid closer to the last operator so he doesn't feel the need to batch the parts when packing them on the skid? What do you see?

3 comments:

  1. Shouldn't the sanding guy wear safety glasses?

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  2. True. There's definitely room for some safety measures to be thrown into the process. I imagine the other guys should be wearing safety glasses as well, although at least the welder is using a face shield. Not to mention the electrical cord trip hazards and oil spill (or water) on the ground by the first station.

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  3. Besides single piece flow, it also shows leveled production, since it appears that there are two types of bars being fabricated and the process alternates between them. Learn to Weld

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