on our experience in plant operations
worldwide, we've identified 20 Best
Manufacturing Practices that are
attributed to world-class performance in
companies can rate "excellent" in a few of
the practices, but to be globally
competitive, organizations must have
capability in both Process Excellence and
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20 Best Practices
is a plant-wide initiative to measure and
continually reduce lead times.
Non-value-adding steps in the mfg. process
are gradually eliminated and dock-to-dock
velocity is increasing.
appropriate, a demand-based flow or "pull"
production strategy is adopted, using
kanbans and demand flow techniques, to
produce to order rather than to
changeover methods are employed to
increase equipment availability and
respond quickly and economically to
changing schedules and customer
Cellular Mfg. (Focused
facility is structured into product- or
customer-focused work groups housing all
operations to manufacture a family of
products. Office operations are similarly
structured to increase accountability,
response time and quality while reducing
inventories and backlogs.
are multi-skilled members of motivated,
capable work groups with clear roles,
responsibilities and performance
is a high level of teamwork and
coordination between organizational units
and strong internal customer-supplier
floor employees routinely solve problems,
suggest and implement improvements and are
committed to world-class performance.
formalized system is in place to maximize
equipment uptime and reduce variation in
product quality. Overall Equipment
Effectiveness (OEE) measures are at
are engaged in CI and/or Kaizen
Events on a regular basis. All teams meet
to set goals, solve operating problems and
implement corrective action.
quality is built-in at the operating
level. Employees have the ability and the
authority to make product quality
decisions in process and quality
management tools (SPC, error-proofing,
etc.) are in place.
consistency and communication are
maintained across shifts. An effective
24-hour management system provides the
necessary support for all shifts. Shift
schedules satisfy both operational and
plant is ISO (or QS) certified. Operating
procedures and quality standards are
consistent and a formalized process is
used to ensure sustainability.
performance indicators and shop floor
goals are in place for each area,
developed at the operating level and tied
directly to plant goals.
and team scoreboards and other visual
means of controlling and improving
operations are used throughout the plant.
Operational status information is
available quickly and accurately to anyone
who needs it.
Incentives, Rewards &
is an effective incentive and recognition
system that promotes continuous
improvement and rewards outstanding
individual, team and plant
Plant Safety, Loss Prevention
training & awareness, thorough
incident investigations and a 5S
organization program ensure an orderly,
efficient and safe workplace.
levels of plant leadership provide
coaching, training & mentoring to
subordinates, encouraging peak performance
and employee involvement.
organization collaborates with a few key
certified suppliers to continuously
improve material cost, quality
& delivery, benefitting all
in each area provides the needed
flexibility. Training of all personnel,
including the plant leadership team, is a
metrics measure performance against
world-class standards, are generated and
controlled by shop floor personnel and are
successful in rallying the entire
organization toward higher performace