World Class Manufacturing

World class manufacturing is a collection of concepts, which set standard for production and manufacturing for another organization to follow. Japanese manufacturing is credited with pioneer in concept of world-class manufacturing. World class manufacturing was introduced in the automobile, electronic and steel industry.

World class manufacturing is a process driven approach where various techniques and philosophy are used in one combination or other.

Some of the techniques are as follows:

  • Make to order
  • Streamlined Flow
  • Smaller lot sizes
  • Collection of parts
  • Doing it right first time
  • Cellular or group manufacturing
  • Total preventive maintenance
  • Quick replacement
  • Zero Defects
  • Just in Time
  • Increased consistency
  • Higher employee involvement
  • Cross Functional Teams
  • Multi-Skilled employees
  • Visual Signaling
  • Statistical process control

Idea of using above techniques is to focus on operational efficiency, reducing wastage and creating cost efficient organization. This leads to creation of high-productivity organization, which used concurrent production techniques rather than sequential production method.[1]

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