Saturday, August 30, 2008

Manfacturing related Stories

Real-time collaborative manufacturing 0
With massive challenges confronting the factory floor operations across the extended enterprise, will real-time collaborative manufacturing technology fulfill the specific requirement

Spurred by the growth of e-commerce, a new manufacturing model has emerged in re-sponse to customers? needs for build-to-order products. The impact on shop-floor systems is compounded by the increasing need to outsource components or entire assemblies to external suppliers. To service their customers shop operations managers still need visibility and control of delivery, quality, and configuration records of outsourced components. Supply chain management is critical to the manufacturing process and new tools are necessary to keep pace with the needs of manufacturing.

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Courtesy: Rockwell Automation

Lean production basics

In the past, man in his quest for better standard and quality of life has allowed all other consideration to take a back seat and this accelerated the process of environmental degradation and began to threaten the earth's delicate ecological balance through which life on this planet survives. All manufacturing activities necessarily generate some form of waste. The manufacturing process does not consist of 100 per cent of conversion of material and energy inputs into usable final products; some portion of the material and energy inputs inevitably ends up as wastes. When the waste generated exceeds the maximum assimilative capacity of the environment it becomes pollution. Lean productions aims at elimination of wastes thereby reducing the environmental degradation.

Lean is about doing more with less: less time, inventory, space, people and money. Lean manufacturing (also known as the Toyota production system) is in its most basic form the systematic elimination of waste, over production, waiting, transportation, inventory, motion, over-processing, defective units and the implementation of the concepts of continuous flow and customer pull. Five areas of drive Lean manufacturing / production includes cost, quality, delivery, safety and morale.

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S Ilangovan is Senior Lecturer and N Saravanan is Lecturer at Department of Mechanical Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Deemed University), Coimbatore.

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