Unformatted text preview: easy to imagine real-time feedback enabling such process improvements, assuming an engaged workforce. 5.3 Right-sizing equipment This section analyzes the potential impact of applying the concept of right-sizing process equipment
as part of an energy efficiency program and is based on research and a variety of field observations
over the course of the study period. 5.3.1 Right-sizing applied to an energy efficiency program A fundamental principle of lean manufacturing is "right-sizing" process equipment to demand and flow through the manufacturing plant. Right-sizing means sizing equipment to meet the needs of
individual manufacturing cells or process steps, rather than the needs for multiple cells at once or the
entire facility. This concept is highly correlated with eliminating Type One overproduction muda,
as large "monument" equipment designed to accommodate maximum possible demand is typically
run well below capacity.
Previous research indicates a large opportunity to be achieved using this method based on experience in right sizing support system equip...
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- Spring '14
- Energy Policy, ........., Energy development