Achieve Smooth Operations with Continuous Flow


Cristal Mcmeans

Continuous Flow is one of the most effective methods in terms of manufacturing processes. It concerns the strict application of Lean principles in creating an effective flow system for manufacturing that functions with the goal of achieving production with the least waste in the shortest lead time.

The Continuous Flow system is usually adapted first through a continuous flow presentation given to all employees. This presentation is especially made by practitioners to effectively define the concept, principles and processes of Continuous Flow. It is meant to facilitate the implementation of the new system. Typically, the presentation first tackles the Flow Principles by definition, allowing employees to understand the jargon and the basic concept.

The presentation helps employees understand the insights of the Japanese principles of organization. Beginning with defining the Flow: the system defines Flow as the progressive achievement of workflow tasks, specifically those concerned with manufacturing, that are along the value or actual product manufacturing stream, so that the product proceeds from conception to delivery smoothly and without obstructions, excess and reflux.

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This can be achieved by identifying and studying the possible obstructions and constraints, which can be done through a thorough analysis of the flow of your product from design, to actual manufacturing, to delivery. And as will be explained in the

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, this allows one to eliminate possible obstructions and restraints or wastes immediately, before they even interfere with the production.


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further explains how Continuous Flow can be achieved through explaining tools, such as Tact Time or the available Work Time per Work Period divided by the number of process steps required per Work Period, and through explaining the processes involved in identifying constraints, reducing wastes, analyzing the line and balancing work.

Lastly, the

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, through these tools and processes, ultimately aims to help you understand how Continuous Flow can help you improve your process and production. It basically explains and effectively attempts to convert you to subscribe to the belief that there definitely is an alternative way of production that uses less time and energy, thus requiring less cost while maintaining, if not improving, the quality of your product.

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