By Peter L. King
The Product Wheel (PW) layout method has functional tools for locating the optimal series, minimizing changeover expenditures, and releasing up worthwhile means. a lot so, that the DuPont™ corporation and Exxon Mobil are only a couple of businesses that experience used the product wheel proposal to accomplish and maintain a aggressive advantage.
Breaking down a pretty complicated layout method into viable steps, The Product Wheel instruction manual: growing Balanced circulate in High-Mix method Operations walks readers in the course of the strategy for designing and imposing the PW method. It contains a case examine taken from genuine perform that illustrates the layout method and its advantages. Describing the best way to follow the product wheel strategy to any production operation, the book:
- Details the stairs required to enforce product wheels
- Explains why yes conventional production metrics might be reevaluated in order that they don’t inhibit product wheel performance
- Defines the cultural beginning precious for delicate product wheel layout and implementation
- Includes a real-world case examine and a number of other examples of product wheels getting used by means of winning production companies―including BG items, Inc., the DuPont™ corporation, the Dow Chemical corporation, and Appleton
Many of the stairs in wheel layout defined during this ebook aren't new. What’s new is their software to creation making plans and scheduling difficulties, and extra importantly, a transparent roadmap explaining how and after they can be utilized in product wheel design.
Supplying you with the instruments to lessen the chaos usually present in creation scheduling, the ebook outlines a disciplined constitution that would let you spend much less of a while resolving time table difficulties. most significantly, it offers your company with a sturdy platform to house irregular occasions in a much less demanding and extra logical manner.
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Some rolls are sold in their original cast widths, and slitting is used simply to trim the rough edges off. The slit rolls are then wound up to go to chopping. Chopping is the name of the process step that cuts the sheet material in the transverse direction, across the width. Slit rolls are unwound and cut across the width to form either shorter rolls, which will be wound up as chopped rolls, or individual sheets, again depending on end use requirements. The sheets or chopped rolls are then packaged, boxed, palletized, and sent to a warehouse for storage awaiting customer orders.
The bonded rolls are then wound up into rolls similar in size to the master rolls. The next step is slitting, which cuts the wide roll into narrower rolls to meet end use requirements. The bonded roll is unwound and passed over a roll with several rotating knife blades positioned across it, to cut the 12-foot-wide roll into six 2-foot-wide rolls, for example. Bonded rolls are typically slit into 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, and 6-foot widths to match individual customer specifications. Some rolls are sold in their original cast widths, and slitting is used simply to trim the rough edges off.
Product: Any unique material made on any step in the process. If this is the last step in the process, this will be a final product to go to a customer. If this step is early in the process, this will be an intermediate material to go to the next step. Synonyms: material, stock keeping unit (SKU), part number, D-code, item. ◾◾ Wheel time: The total time for one complete cycle through the wheel. Synonyms: production cycle, cycle time, revolution. ◾◾ Revolution: One complete cycle through the wheel, or the time it takes.