This another blog in a continuing series discussing what makes for a resilient manufacturing organization. If you missed the opening discussion please read part 1.a summary of the topic, part 2 the introduction, part 3 Flexible Manufacturing Capacity & Scheduling, part 4 Enterprise Asset Management , part 5 Enterprise Asset Managment II
Eliminating single points of failure
Multi-Purpose Equipment and Processes
Prior to incorporating multipurpose equipment and processes into a corporations strategy, there is need to understand the total functional possibilities of the manufacturing organization. Understanding and documenting all possible processes that allow the production to be manufactured, the impact of using equipment in it’s none normal use, and the associated risks, allows a company to understand its manufacturing capabilities, and the possibilities of
using a multi-purpose machine.
Once the multi-purpose equipment is incorporated in to the production facility, the use that it was bought for needs to be exercised. Too many times this expensive equipment is treated as a dedicated machine. Running product on the “secondary line” allows an organization to gain experience in changing over the line, and running the line in its non-normal / emergency configuration. Although the capacity of the emergency configuration might be lower than that of the normal line, this practice, just like any other emergency drill, increases the chances of a smooth response to an actual problem. This too should be incorporated into the production plan.
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