THE U-SHAPED LINE
FOR A FLEXIBLE PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION
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Makes it possible to apply the just in time by producing parts one piece flow
The U-shaped line is one of the methods of Just in Time organization. Equipment are arranged U-shaped and the operators are not limited to one workstations as on conventional production lines.
Examine the initial situation using a process analysis and quantities by reference
Eliminate a maximum of Muda identified during the analysis
Balance posts and minimize their size to what is strictly necessary. Ensure a good level of team multi-skill.
Arrange supplies frontally at stations, outside the line. It is necessary to provide a location for evacuation of the empty boxes
Define operating standards for different models and production rates
Since a person is involved in several positions (or machines), the waiting time due to balancing problems is minimized.
As people are located inside U-shape line and supplies outside, moving between stations is easy.
The U-shape line also allows the reduction of stock, the production space and operators movements.
Allows increasing the number of possible combinations during the balancing of working stations.
Be careful, training time are quite long so U-shaped line is not adapted when operators are changing frequently.
The input (IN) and the output (OUT) are close, can be visually controlled and served, according to the cadence, by a single person
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