Improving productivity is an ongoing priority for most manufacturers. It only makes sense to want to perform routine operations more quickly, and at a lower cost. That’s why at Central Tube and Bar, we incorporate the principles of lean manufacturing into all of our operations.
Lean manufacturing was originally created at Toyota, and its guiding principle is to take a team approach to eliminating waste from the manufacturing process. The waste can refer to wasted time, overburdened employees, or uneven work loads. With lean manufacturing, value is enhanced by supporting the parts of the process that add value, and reducing those that don’t.
The way that it works is simple: each time that we get an order, we begin by examining the blueprints from top to bottom. We think about the steps that we took to complete similar orders, and apply that experience to develop ways to do the job quicker or more inexpensively. For example, we might be able to shorten the length of a production run by performing certain operations in a different order, or by making small design modifications that use less parts or less expensive materials.
But it doesn’t stop there. As the production run begins, we keep collecting information so that we can look critically at each step of the process. If we can clearly see that one of our changes has made a difference, we apply that change to future orders. Most importantly, we want to improve turnaround times, while continuing to meet the exact specifications for each order. Our CNC machinery can be configured to automatically perform multiple operations that used to take multiple machines and/or manual operations, and the data that we collect helps us get the maximum benefit from our machinery. It also saves our clients money!
Lean manufacturing is important to us, because it reminds is that no matter how many times that we’ve used the CNC saw, bending equipment, or our laser cutting equipment, there’s always a way to do the job a little bit better! Our commitment to quality is unrivaled in the industry, and we’re ready to put that commitment to work for you! Schedule a free consultation now through our online contact form, or give us a call at (501) 450-7750 if you have any questions!