Modular Design – future proofing operations
Modular Design is the future proofing of processes against the additional cost of re-design to cope with production changes in volumes, specification or quality. Far too often, assets, layouts and engineering thinking can constrain the agility of an organisation when future changes arise.
Far too often engineering will reach for complex, multi-functional equipment that seems attractive for the versatility it may bring to the operation but ignore the difficulties it may bring in other aspects, such as flow. Big and complex may not be the answer. Smaller with singular functionality may mean more flexibility when it comes to running the value stream.
Modular Design is about looking for a balance between complexity, technological advances and simplicity of flow to ensure operating costs and flow are considered in the purchasing choice.
These Operational Excellence pages talk about fundamental lean principles and associated tools. Understanding how to apply these principles and tools to the individual circumstance of discrete organisations is where expertise and experience is paramount. The GENEO team has many decades of experience in doing exactly this.