Improve line speeds by 10% image

Improve line speeds by 10%

How? Adjust a little, and watch a lot.

lauras-line-improvementContrary to the objections raised by many shop floor teams, increasing the speed of a bottleneck process does not necessarily lead to more waste.

Watch your lines closely and you will find machines running below their target speed due to a perception of problems if the speed is raised.  Often, the problems that occurred at those high speeds have since been solved but the machine speed has not been raised back to its previous standard.

Incrementally increase the speed of your bottleneck process.

By turning up the speed of your machine an increment at a time and studying the effect of that increase for a period of time, it’s amazing how often you find no further issues.  Just one positive result – an increase in throughput.

More output with no more waste, no more downtime, and no more physical work.  It costs nothing; it really is free speed.

A 10% increase in speed gives you 10% more output.

Eventually, there will come a point where one more incremental increase does result in an issue.  This is when to use powerful problem solving, such as ORCC to solve the issues.

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We have known about that problem for ages, why did we wait until now to sort it out?


It must be said that the concept of change management which LI were asked to bring in was a very big ‘ask’. Their work on the floor was very beneficial to change management. LI try to problem solve by using the workforce. This has to be done tactfully. They achieved it. They had the respect of the people on the floor and the management which is a major credit.

Peter Barnett, CFO, KR Castlemaine