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Boot Camp: Mixed Model Line Design by The Lean Design Institute
June 1, 2017
Our partners Lean Design Institute (LDI) are organizing a “Boot Camp” session on the essential elements of Value Stream or production line design. There’s a lot to know about this subject, and it is normally taught as a 3-day workshop. They going to teach you the essentials in just a few hours. Click on the link below to find out more and register. There is a US$19 fee.
Booking can be done here: Event Site (please click)
In two content-filled hours the authors of The Complete Guide to Mixed Model Line Design will march you through the methodology for designing the perfect Value Stream, step-by-step. This is going to be fast and you are going to get a ton of information very quickly. For this Boot Camp we have taken our Mixed Model Line Design Course and reduced it to the bare essentials. What are the action steps to designing a mixed model production line? That’s the question we will be answering in this course. You’ll also be able to download an Excel template that will help you to capture the necessary data and perform the required calculations.
We made this Boot Camp event very affordable at only $19 to entice as many of you to learn the methodology. The recorded version of this training session will be available for later purchase at $99.
Why a Boot Camp on Mixed Model Line Design?
Our in-depth MMLD online training course includes over 12 hours of content and exercises. We realize that investing this amount of time to learn MMLD might be perceived as too high an initial investment if you’re new to this subject.
You may also need to get a team trained quickly for a Line Design project, and simply not have the time to complete the full course.
Finally, this is a great way to learn the MMLD methodology with a small initial investment of your time.
What is Mixed Model Line Design?
Most manufacturing companies need to build a variety of different but similar products, on the same production line or same Value Stream. A failure to do this right will result in low productivity, lower throughput, higher costs, and unhappy customers. Mixed Model Line Design is the methodology for designing an unbeatable Value Stream. It is a data-driven, non-philosophical approach to Lean Industrial Engineering.
What Topics Will Be Covered?
How to identify a Mixed Model product family. Not all products are “mixable”, so you’ll need to learn the rules.
What is meant by Forecast Daily Volume? You will need to design a line with a future capacity goal, and you’ll need to engage the help of your Sales and Marketing Department to help identify that goal.
What is a process, and how do you document the process flow? You may be familiar with Value Stream Mapping, but the VSM technique is not adequate to design a Mixed Model line.
How do you calculate Takt Time correctly? Every process has a calculated “beat” or Takt Time, and every Takt Time could be different. A failure to calculate Takt Time correctly could lead to under or over-resourcing your line. Both are bad.
How should you define and document Standard Work? Standard work is a core principle the Mixed Model Line Design methodology. Every designer needs to know how to document work tasks and work times correctly.
How many people and/or machines do you need? Using the information gathered so far, you will learn how to calculate and then interprete the required resources that you will include in your design. This is not as easy as you might think if you have a mix of different products and different work content times.
How do I allocate the work for a team of workers? If the work is done sequentially, like an assembly line, how should you go about dividing up the work? What if the work time for every product is different?
How should you create a physical layout? Hint: don’t be too quick to use your CAD software!