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.

4. Reduce movement of an Input (People, Purchases or Capital)

Reduce movement of both people and ICDs: Get project participants feedback early to avoid later ICDs:

No. Industry SIC Year Notes
1 3510 1991 With Cummins Engine, Case designed a new diesel engine with fewer parts, high reliability, and easy assembly. Before, Case could produce 20,000 engines each year with 860 employees. With new plant, it produces 170,000 engines each year with 354 nonunion employees. Employees at new plant change jobs every 30 days and rotate through all jobs in the plant.
2 3550 2002 To help with the conveyors and other hardware, the manager turned to the people who had built the system. Room for more products was added to the picking-station area. Equipment was installed at the bottom of slides to prevent collisions. Orders were split so workers could cover short zones of picking stations rather than racing back and forth over a 250-foot stretch.
3 3674 1994 Intel and H-P to work together to focus on 64-bit microprocessor designs and new semiconductor processes for a family of chips that would not arrive for another three generations. H-P is a customer of Intel's using Intel's chips in its PCs.
4 3711 1996 Chrysler now involves suppliers deeply in the creation of concepts for new cars and their components.

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