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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- Spring '14
- Energy Policy, ........., Energy development