The amount of money spent annually on the operation and maintenance of production lines throughout the world runs into billions of dollars. Even slight savings in costs as a result of increased efficiency can add up to impressive returns on investment.
A balanced line where operators all work at the same pace, and buffer space is equally distributed along the line is extremely difficult to achieve in the real world. As this is the case, why not take advantage of the inherent “unbalanced” nature of the line, and push it into the best configuration?
Why Reduce Idle Times?
The simple answer to the question “why reduce idle times” is that idle time means money wasted. If we look at overall ...