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Reducing Changeover Times with Standard Work Instructions

Nowadays, with a global free-market economy, which is characterized by strong competition and variability occurring in macro- and microenvironments, enterprises implement tools and methods that allow for collecting current and reliable data (qualitative andquantitative) concerning various parts of its functioning and, with adequate processing and presentation, indicate the areas for process improvement and waste reduction, …

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Standard Work Instructions (SWI) And Lean Manufacturing

Standard or standardized work instructions (SWI) are instructions, specifically designed to ensure the consistency, timing, and repetition of the processes. You’ll recognize them as printed papers, put on tables or boards next to the operator’s work stations. Standard work instructions are subject to lean manufacturing’s approach of continuous improvement, also called Kaizen. It refers to …

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What Are ISO Compliant Work Instructions And How To Write Them?

With the growing popularity of ISO standards, it’s only right to talk a bit more about them. In this blog post, we will define what ISO compliance means, how it shows in writing documentation and what that means for writing work instructions. To start, let’s first define what ISO is. Headquartered in Switzerland, the International …

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How To Reduce Changeover Times In Your Manufacturing Process

Every manufacturing process has periods where equipment is unavailable due to tooling changes, material changes, part changes, program changes, or any other changes to production that must be performed while the machine is stopped. Collectively, these events are referred to as “changeover times,” or alternately as “setup,” “make ready,” or “planned downtime”. Strictly speaking, this …

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Why Write Work Instructions And Why Are They Important

Customer-specific products are booming, wich means that batch sizes are getting smaller and smaller. As a result, the variation and combination of different tasks to be performed at a workplace and by an employee are also increasing sharply. An employee has to master an almost infinite number of processes. In order not to be overtaxed …

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Work Instructions For Preventive Maintenance

A large part of keeping a company running efficiently and profitably is ensuring that all equipment is functioning optimally. Routine preventive maintenance needs to be conducted. Unfortunately, regular equipment checks often go overlooked in certain areas of a company’s operations mainly because attention is usually directed toward more pressing issues. However, when small tasks go …

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The Importance Of Work Instructions For Assembly

At today’s production sites, linguistic and cultural barriers can make work instructions difficult to understand.  Work instructions (WI) that rely on text, pictures and verbal information may not accurately convey the original intent to audiences with different backgrounds and experiences.  As a result, production errors and rework can increase the cost production. It’s very important to deliver …

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