Piped, non-pulsed and linear production, or how to produce more efficiently.
Two of the basic and most recognizable forms of production, already from the very name are their opposite. We will tell you what characterizes them and what their effectiveness in the production industry looks like.
First, a few words about the production process itself, which by definition is a sequence of ordered actions leading to the creation of the final product. In practice, it should be a total of conscious decisions and their consequent events causing changes in the product, so that it takes on the expected features and ultimately becomes a planned final product. How is this practice and the planning process? Experiences of production companies are different, as different as the forms of flow and non-pulmonary production.
It is also called rhythmic production and is one of the forms of production organization. Importantly, this method counts among the most effective production methods. More specifically, with the pipeline form of production, we deal when materials are processed continuously or when the tasks are carried out continuously.
The pipeline production system is so highly productive thanks to the use of several simple and at the same time very effective treatments. What? Thanks to the fact that we will place work stations in accordance with the course of the technological process, we will save time that would be needed for transport or moving around the hall. We will limit the loss of precious time also when the workpiece from one position to another is transported without unnecessary break. Determination and determination of time to perform a specific operation by one or a group of parallel work stations allows to estimate the number of products that will be produced in a given period of time. A similar role will be played by the determination of equal or multiple operation time at all stations of the pipeline.
In summary, it can be concluded that the operation and organization of pipelines is based on minimizing interruptions while maximizing the use of resources. The basis of the pipelines’ operation is its construction concentrated along the transport conveyor and processing stations for parts or assembly of the entire product. The effectiveness of this method would not be so great if it did not use a wide range of automation and the achievements of modern technologies. It is also important that at the streamline, human tasks are mainly limited to machine control.
The principles of the pipeline production seem to be simple and understandable, but only those who use it know that this method of production requires great care to meet the numerous conditions that allow production to run smoothly, without interruption. The conditions of efficient work of the production stream are:
- Standardized products – they must be the same and comply with the established standards, because only such can be produced in a continuous, unchanging cycle. However, the way to introduce diversity in the offer may be decorating such products with various motifs.
- -Stability of demand – thanks to it, you do not have to re-arrange and set the line anew.
- The date of delivery in line with the specification – change of materials could stop all production.
- Specifying tasks – allows for regular operation of the whole line.
– because there is no room for improvement in shortage in pipeline production.
- Fully functional devices and machines..
- Planning service and renovation procedures for all devices.
- Considering control procedures in the sequence of operations.
- Synchronization of workstations..
It is presented in opposition to the production of the stream, because it is actually its opposite, working with specific types of activity.
Non-stressed production is based on the organization of work, in which the course of objects between positions is variable. In this system, virtually every workplace is able to cooperate with different positions, the more so that the order of technological activities can be variable. During non-pulmonary production, various, often accidentally allocated, operations are carried out at various workstations, which are usually unrelated. What’s more, the very course of this work is not specified in time, there is no schedule, which also results in a high degree of randomness and irregularity.
All the above elements translate into characteristic features resulting from the use of non-pulverized production, i.e. organizational difficulties, which arise, among others, from the long and difficult to estimate waiting time for the next operation. This translates into the risk of inefficient work flow, which in turn results in a very slow increase in added value.
There are a lot of conditions and they are really demanding, but it is definitely worth introducing them. Why? Let the benefits that result from effective pipeline production speak for themselves. As far as end products are concerned, the ones produced on the stream line are characterized by unquestionable accuracy and precision of execution, the more so because in this type of production any deficiencies or deficiencies are caught in the express rate. In the area of logistics, stream production allows limiting internal transport and reloading, as well as significantly reducing the necessary storage space. On the level of supply and management of raw materials and materials, pipeline production enables very accurate planning of material requirements and captures material shortages. However, its biggest and most appreciated advantage is the savings, which by reducing labor, optimizing the time of production processes, also translates into shortening the payback time of investments in machinery and materials used for production. Production earns faster and more.
Within the abovementioned forms of production there is also the issue of linear production, which concerns the organization of work, where machines and other means of production are set in the order in which they are used. In this case, the products pass through subsequent positions and production phases without unnecessary interruptions. Thus, such linear production coincides with the assumptions of the pipeline method, because it is also required to carefully design the technology and standardize the sequence of operations performed on specific products.
Both linear and pipeline production is characterized by clarifying the tasks of each employee, the ideal setting of the production line, and above all the synchronization of all machines. Certainly, the downside of these systems is the narrowed range of manufactured products, but in order for it to be fast, it must be the same, and it works very well in mass production, for example, drinks or toys.
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