January 2014 |   Volume: 46 |   Number: 1
The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers
Utilization metrics help manufacturers find improvement opportunities
By Kenneth Gram
Typically, production managers, industrial engineers and lean practitioners are responsible for designing a shop to suit the demands of their organization’s customer. Ideally, design must be done before purchasing a building to ensure that the space suits the product; however, in reality, customer requirements change, operations have been in a building for years with changing deliverables, or bad habits form, resulting in a redesign of operations. A major aerospace corporation uses a set of asset utilization metrics that indicate how effectively it uses its assets. Assets include not only machines, but allocated building space and workstations, among other things.
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