Lean Machining for OEMs

Posted by Davin Erickson

Jan 23, 2015 6:25:00 PM

DE_Blog_Pic Reduced lead times. Improved overall product quality. Lowered costs. As an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), these are your desired results when outsourcing high volume CNC machining. They can all be achieved – without sacrificing quality – when your CNC Machine Shop partner runs on lean manufacturing principles.

The core objective of lean is maximizing client value while minimizing waste. Examples of waste include: defects, unnecessary inventory, and time spent waiting. Simply put, lean means getting the right things to the right place, at the right time, in the right quantities, while being flexible and open to change. At Fusion OEM, we apply these lean principles to our CNC machine shop and realize immediate benefits to the company, employees and clients.

 The core lean initiative our Machine Shop implemented was 5S. 5S is a lean system designed to reduce waste and optimize productivity by maintaining an organized workplace and using visual indicators to achieve consistent results. The 5S pillars (Sort, Set, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain) provide a process for consolidating, cleaning, and sustaining a productive workspace. Routines designed to maintain orderliness are essential in ensuring smooth and efficient process flow.

As a contract manufacturer (CM), training our CNC Machine Shop employees to “think lean” provides several benefits. Our team takes pride in improving their work areas, reducing waste, unplanned downtime, and in-process inventory. Additionally, working in a structured, organized environment enables them to notice and prevent any potential deviations from established processes. This translates directly to reduced lead times, consistent product quality, and lowered production costs for our OEM clients.

Lean manufacturing practices are vital when creating custom CNC machined parts. Partnering with a CM that understands lean thinking will boost your bottom line and improve product quality.

Ready to learn more about lean manufacturing practices to look for in a contract manufacturer and how they benefit your OEM? Click on the button below to speak with a contract manufacturing expert at Fusion OEM.

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Topics: oem, contract manufacturing, lean manufacturing, cnc machining

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