Value stream designing a factory

New standard for the manufacturing sector could be viable in industries untouched by lean 

By Klaus Erlach and Erin Sheehan

The design of optimal production procedures is a factory planner’s most important and central duty. This undertaking must overcome various obstacles, such as factory-specific restrictions and conflicting manufacturing objectives. Additionally, as soon as an ideal state is nearly reached, the goal posts are shifted again, as customer wishes, production technologies and legal requirements are subject to constant change. As a result, the never-ending task of optimizing production and its requirements on factory design are ever present in all factory operations.

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