AGILE - Lean Equipment Design
Lean equipment design plays an important role in creating an Agile manufacturing system which remains profitable while providing products quickly to rapidly-changing customer specifications and volumes.
Lean Equipment Design Characteristics:
Integral to the manufacturing operating system
Supports the operator
Supports one-piece / small lot flow
Portable and flexible
Reliable and maintainable
When applied correctly, the manufacturing system achieves a balance between operators, equipment and material resulting in maximum utilization of the operator’s skills and attention, properly sized modules, smooth flow of material and minimum life cycle cost of the products produced.