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FLEXO Magazine : January 2009
TECHNOLOGIES & TECHNIQUES Good organization is the key to a lean and efficient workflow. Courtesy of Consolidated Products Inc. Pressroom Evaluation The Foundation of Standardization By Paul Teachout F or so long we have all been on an endless journey to con- quer the evil downtime found in our pressrooms. We have all read and heard about the manufacturing practices of- fered through ISO, Six Sigma, Lean initiatives and 5S. All these processes are outstanding when implemented in their proper environment. They will all help support a leaner more profitable and sustainable pressroom operation. If we simply follow some of the fundamental values of each of these systems we can drasti- cally increase our performance. Now we will have the ability to implement quality assurance programs, identify root cause concerns, eliminate waste and have the opportunity to measure and sustain the results. This is where performing a simple pressroom evaluation or audit can pay huge dividends. Putting a team together to help identify manufactur- ing process challenges is the best way to start. We begin by organizing a group of individuals that will help us determine our objectives. This will have to include everyone who 24 FLEXO JANUARY 2009 will be accountable for the success of the project. This type of endeavor must start with upper management, which must be the champion(s) to create and influence the approach to insure suc- cess. This positive influence needs to be contagious, so as to trick- le down to all levels of the operation. If the staff does not see the leadership to pursue the effort, it will never get off the ground. This team should list all desired outcomes and objectives. Now is the time to review all the strengths and weaknesses of the manufacturing process. Utilize a value stream map to iden- tify where the major challenges are. By simply having the team observe an average day of production they will all have input on how things can be improved. From labor procedures and con- sumable locations to material handling, you will quickly get an idea of where time is being lost. Don’t be afraid to also recruit the support of your vendors. They all visit many facilities here and abroad. They could have great insight on supporting these adventures. www. f le xography. org
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