FACILITATING LEAN MANUFACTURING WITH MPM (MANUFACTURING PROCESS MANAGEMENT) IN THE MEDICAL DEVICE INDUSTRYAuthor: Eric Vermillion
Company: Tecnomatix Technologies
Date Published: 5/19/2004 Conference: Medical Electronics Symposium
In the Medical Device Industry, documenting process is important both for regulatory approval and for facilitating lean. MPM enables lean manufacturing by providing the tools necessary to create an optimal assembly process and flow, automatically calculate kanban sizes, and easily transfer processes from line to line or factory to factory. In today’s complex product development environment, the ability to electronically document and archive this is paramount to the success of an ongoing lean initiative.
In many cases, companies rely heavily on the services of so called "lean consultants" that typically help with only a single project or map the value stream in a static environment. Because products and technology rapidly change, the lean initiative often ends as time passes. By using MPM in your manufacturing strategy you are able to document, re-use, and automate the change process inevitable in every manufacturing environment and Lean initiative.
Key words: MPM, Lean, process documentation.
Members download articles for free:
Not a member yet?
What else do you get when you join SMTA? Read about all of the benefits that go along with membership.
Notice: Sharing of articles is restricted to just your immediate work group. Downloaded papers should not be stored on an external network or shared on the internet.