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Process Management Principles for Increasing the Energy Efficiency

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Unformatted text preview: n a resource constrained environment such as in a manufacturing plant, it is preferable to only use available resources once, especially if the results of the improvement are likely to be savings of thousands, rather than hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars. General and repeatable The DMAIC process is also general and repeatable in the respect that the approach can be applied to any shop in the facility employing any variety of equipment. In fact, as a result of the CCA experience, a "roadmap" for electricity waste reduction in Raytheon manufacturing operations was published which will guide future endeavors to spread the approach across the facility. Lean manufacturing as an unexpected impediment to improvement One unexpected obstacle encountered during the MTSA improvement process was a perceived conflict between the principles of lean manufacturing and improvements required to achieve electricity usage reduction. Specifically, there was resistance on the part of operations personnel to increase batch sizes, with the cited reason because a principle of lean manufacturing is single piece flow....
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