Tag - Repetitive Work Efficiency

Not sure how to improve the efficiency of repetitive work? Does your production consists of repeating the same process/es over and over? Learn how to regulate the time to produce each product with Takt time. This is a measurable beat – the average time between the start of production and one unit being produced. Manage your work flow, this will create a faster throughput, or flow, of product through your business. Increase Revenue by increasing throughput. Reduce production waste with Lean Management. It will systematically reduce waste with incremental improvements. Go to these articles to see the different tools available to manage the flow of repetitive work.

How to Calculate Time to Produce each Product with Takt Time

Takt is the German word for the baton that an orchestra conductor uses to regulate the tempo of the music. Takt time may be thought of as a measurable beat time, rate time or heartbeat. Takt time is the average time between the start of production of one unit and the...

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SM5.0 Theory of Constraint (TOC) Find Remove Bottleneck

The Theory of Constraints (TOC) is an important optimising technique that focuses on improving the throughput of work at the (usually) single bottleneck or constraint in the workflow.   This Skills Module draws together a number of the 12Faces articles on the subject.  One research project demonstrated that 89% of improvement...

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Take Advantage of Agile / Scrum / Kanban to Increase Productivity

In a smaller business there is always plenty to do and many demands on a managers most limited resource; time.  Often the owners time is the major bottleneck on the growth of the business (see the introductory article to Theory of Constraints).  Plenty of other businesses have struggled with prioritising time...

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How to Manage Local Optima Problem

It is a very widely held belief in business that each station in a production line should be working as hard as it can in order to maximise its efficiency. This might be a car assembly line or an accountant's office processing tax returns using several different stages in the accounting...

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Importance of Small Batches Tool

There are merits to reducing the size of the batches you manufacture and/or hold in stock at any point in time.  This might sound counter-intuitive because of the oft-quoted 'economies of scale' and the time cost of pulling down tool set-ups and changing them to manufacture another project.  But, in...

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How Kanban Improves Work Flow

Kanbans are a tool for structuring how work flows into the work-in-progress queues so that workers do not get overloaded and can use their time most effectively. Kanbans, and variations on them, are widely used in software projects (e.g. Scrum and Agile) and manufacturing (e.g. Lean and Six Sigma). Blue...

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