Lean Organization of Press tools At FBS Ltd.

SALAZAR, GIOVANNI (2007) Lean Organization of Press tools At FBS Ltd. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)

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This dissertation describes 12 weeks internship at Fluorocarbon. The aims of this project are to improve the storage system and setup area in the press shop through application of 5S Which means that everything is displayed, marked, documented, and reported, so that any individual can be able to identify and allocate tooling and other parts needed to carry on production.

The company faces problems in delays and unnecessary extra cost for tools that are missing or broken. It is not uncommon for an operator to spend long time looking for common parts, tools or equipment to accomplish all the tasks necessary to make a setup. These issues cause an increase in idle time of the press shop.

The project starts with the observation of the press shop, identification of setup area and storage area then understanding the process and tools for each product family.

From the observation it is seen that there is a lack of planning, organization, and structure in the storage area system; everything is done in a personal manner. The information from Department design to the shop floor is not well aligned having significant effect on the organization and its performance.

At FBS there is not any procedure for the storage area, tools are placed everywhere and mixed with other product families; therefore there is not clear understanding between things which are useful and which are scrap. Obsolete tools, broken tools and unneeded tools are kept in the storage area.

The company feels that 5S initiative might help remove variability by standardizing where tools can be found and making everything visual and eliminating misplaced and lost tools in the storage are. 5S program is an integral part of all Lean tools.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2008
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2018 02:48
URI: https://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/21119

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