There are several ways that manufacturing companies can make changes that have positive results down the chain. Small changes to production flow and labelling can help operations and production work in harmony with very little waste.

Moving product unnecessarily can hurt your business and can be difficult to reduce due to the perceived costs of moving equipment and processes closer together. It is often hard to determine which processes should be next to each other. Mapping product flows can make this easier to visualise for most steel business associated with manufacturing, fabrication and building.By achieving a seamless flow between production and the required movement of product will lead to an improvement in customer service and reduce other wastes and associated costs.

The Steel Efficiency Review® process recommends operations and productions teams to move product based on customer demand not business inefficiencies. To help with reducing and eliminating waste, our SER® consultants have recommended the following 3 key solutions:

1- REVIEW OF WAREHOUSE LAYOUT AND PRODUCTION LINES. Layout should be reviewed and changed as per the principles of lean manufacturing, create value streams and make that value flow at the pull of the customer.

2- ENABLING JUST IN TIME (JIT) PRODUCTION. By making value flow at the pull of the customer, the idea of Just in Time (JIT) production can be enabled.

3 – CHALLENGE AND REDUCE PRODUCT MOVEMENT. Challenging and reducing transportation and the movement of product internally and externally will expose other linked wastes, such as over production and time in motion.

The Steel Efficiency Review® aims to provide recommendations to support our customer’s business and at the same time improve our product and service offer.

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