Achieving one-piece flow helps manufacturers achieve true just-in-time manufacturing. That is, the right parts can be made available when they are needed in the quantity they are needed. In the simplest of terms, one-piece flow means that parts are moved through operations from step-to-step with no WIP in between either one piece at a time or a small batch at a time. This system works best in combination with a cellular layout in which all necessary equipment is located within a cell in the sequence in which it is used. While many are familiar with the terminology, there is still a significant amount of confusion regarding what one piece flow means and, more importantly, how to achieve it.
As lean “experts” our goal is to implement continuous (one piece) flow in our processes. Many times we struggle to get there. We get close, but the “carrot” eludes us. Are we then failures at lean? No, we are not failures, but we do have to accept the fact that there are processes that will not lend themselves to a true continuous flow.
Join expert speaker Rick Reed in this session, which will take attendees through expert strategies on successfully implementing Continuous (One Piece) Flow in their manufacturing process. During the session, you will learn how to make the most of your throughput to reduce waiting and waste. Rick will also give pointers on how to improve quality and delivery performance thereby increasing customer and employee satisfaction which will in turn present you with more sales opportunities.
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Rick Reed is a certified Lean Master, Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt, MasterTrainer and Shainin Red X Journeyman. He has written and taught over a hundred training modules on Lean, Six Sigma, Problem Solving, Quality and Team Building. Rick has spoken at numerous seminars and conferences including SME, IndustryW... More info