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Lean Manufacturing Tools for the Automotive Industry

Posted: Nov 21, 2017 2:54:15 PM

The principles of lean manufacturing have revolutionized the automotive industry, allowing them to cut costs and improve their efficiency. At Hartford Technologies, all of the automotive components that we manufacture are perfect for being integrated with lean manufacturing principles. If you would like to make the most of lean manufacturing in your business, consider implementing the following tools.


Kaizen for the Automotive Industry | Hartford Technologies
In Japanese, Kaizen means "continual improvement". This lean manufacturing tool dictates that processes be continually improved in order to eliminate waste and boost efficiency. In the automotive industry, Kaizen is often implemented in order to address problems and provide solutions in the assembly line process. 

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Poka Yoke for the Automotive Industry | Hartford Technologies
The goal of Poka-Yoke is to prevent mistakes from becoming defects, which is a crucial aspect of efficient, quality manufacturing. In the automotive industry, one example of Poka-Yoke being implemented is a conveyor belt that will reject a part if it is underweight and therefore prevent a mistake from becoming a defect that makes it through the assembly line. 

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Heijunka for the Automotive Industry | Hartford Technologies

The Japanese word for "leveling" Heijunka is used to level out the production process to reduce batching and ensure that a consistent number of components are produced each day. This enables companies in the automotive industry to optimize their manufacturing process for a specific number of items manufactured rather than having that number vary on a day-to-do basis.

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A3 Problem Solving

Problem Solving for the Automotive Industry | Hartford Technologies

A3 Problem Solving is a method of problem solving used to find flaws, explore solutions, and implement those solutions in order to achieve a desired goal. A3 Problem Solving was first implemented by Toyota and offers a lot of value to companies in the automotive industry.

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Just in Time

Automotive Industry Timeline | Hartford Technologies

Just in Time manufacturing dictates that products be produced when the customer wants them in the amount the customer needs. This process enables companies to reduce their inventory and eliminate waste by ensuring their products are sold as soon as they roll off the assembly line.

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7 Wastes

Wastes in Manufacturing for the Automotive Industry | Hartford Technologies

The 7 Wastes lean manufacturing tool is implemented by Toyota and is perfect for companies in the automotive industry. This tool helps companies analyze the seven areas where waste commonly occurs and provides steps for them to eliminate that waste.

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Root Cause Analysis (RCA)

Root Cause Analysis for the Automotive Industry | Hartford Technologies

RCA dictates that it's much better to get to the root cause of the problem rather than treating its obvious symptoms. In automotive manufacturing, which can be quite complex, it can often be difficult to find the root cause of a problem. By using the RCA tool, companies can make spotting and fixing the root cause of problems much easier.

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Six Big Losses

Big Losses Manufacturing Tool for the Automotive Industry | Hartford Technologies

Six Big Losses highlights the six most common causes of inefficiencies in production and provides companies with the steps they need to use in order to address these causes.

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5 Whys

5 Whys Lean Manufacturing for the Automotive Industry | Hartford Technologies

Like RCA, the 5 Whys tool is designed to help companies find the root cause of a problem rather than treating its symptoms. In the automotive industry, companies can use the 5 Whys tool in order to ask the questions that need to be asked about their manufacturing process and find the correct answer to those questions.  

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