Reduce Unique ICDs by Redesigning the Product or Process

The objective of this activity is to reduce the number of ICDs by reducing the occurrence of an ICD in producing a unit of Output, or by reducing the number of separate ICDs used in the Output. A unique ICD is one of the key activities in the work center's contribution to the final product (O). It is separate and distinct from any other activity in the work center. For example, the fastening of a part onto a subassembly and a quality control check of the subassembly would be unique ICDs.

A. Redesign the product

Reduce ICDs by redesigning the product or the components of the product. Any redesign of the product or its components implies that the resulting product, after the redesign, would be acceptable to customers.

3. Reduce or change components


No. Industry SIC Year Notes
1 3571 2003 Engineers redesigned LCD monitors so they could fit into smaller boxes, reducing shipping costs. That saved $3.50 apiece on 450,000 units, or $1.6 million.
2 3651 1990 JVC has redesigned the camcorder and its components to be more efficiently assembled by robots.

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