Lean Industry 4.0
F4S Consulting Group Delivers The Next Level Of Operational Excellence Through Integrated Approach
During several decades, companies have used Lean principles and tools to reduce operational complexity and improve productivity.
The Lean approach provides the foundation for operational excellence by standardizing processes, developping a culture of continuous improvement, and empowering workers on the shop floor.
However, nowadays given the increasing complexity of operations, many companies have found that Lean management by itself is not sufficient to address their operational challenges.
Recently, a set of advanced digital technologies known as Industry 4.0 has emerged to offer new approaches for dealing with complexity and improving productivity.
By deploying the right combination of technologies, companies and manufacturers can boost speed, efficiency, and coordination and even facilitate self-managing factory operations.
F4S Consulting Group's approach is to help clients to boost the implementation of their production systems through Industry 4.0 principles and digitalization. By using integrated Lean Industry 4.0 solutions to address pain points, manufacturers can achieve a variety of benefits. F4S Consulting Group can work on a selection of five benefits.
This approach reduces complexity and cost by eliminating waste and non-added value activities throughout a process.
It provides techniques for involving all employees in continuously reviewing and improving efficiency.
The approach is built on such management techniques as waste reduction, takt time planning, and standardized processes.
A variety of tools are applied to achieve lean objectives: value stream mapping identifies waste and critical process steps, single-minute exchange of dies reduces equipment downtime that results from tool changeovers, visual controls help operators identify the right times to replenish material or adjust equipment, and preventive maintenance reduces the number of breakdowns by proactively maintain- ing and controlling equipment at fixed intervals.
"The new wave of technological progress in manufacturing is powered by nine foundational technologies: additive manufacturing, advanced robotics, augmented reality, big data and analytics, cloud computing, cyber security, horizontal and vertical system integration, the industrial internet, and simulation.
Sensors, machines, work pieces, and IT systems are connected along a value chain that extends beyond a single enterprise.
These connected systems can interact and analyze data to predict failure, reconfigure themselves, and adapt to change. Companies can reach new levels of operational performance.