Reduce Unique ICDs by Redesigning the Product or the 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.

B. Redesign the process of producing the ICD or Output

Change the process used to produce the ICD or Output to eliminate activities.

3. Automate an ICD

Use RFID technology to:
Identify items

No. Industry SIC Year Notes
1 3711 2005 IBM is using radio frequency identification transmitters, also known as smart tags, to help the automaker add custom accessories to its vehicles. The RFID tags could help the auto industry manage increasingly complex requests for options, such as leather seats and fog lamps. Smart tags send out data about each car as it gets outfitted with equipment, letting Toyota workers quickly identify each car without having to manually check the vehicle identification number.
2 4513 1993 UPS is using a new kind of code in place of the bar code. A sensor can read the codes on packages moving as fast as 500 feet a minute. It's read up and down and back and forth; bar codes hold less info because they're only read back and forth. The new codes also do not need to be linked to a central computer. They can be read with a handheld sensor.

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