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.

6. Reduce use of Purchases and Capital ICDs

Reduce Purchased ICDs: Use People or components requiring less Purchases:

No. Industry SIC Year Notes
1 3577 2002 While laser printers have become dominant in office applications, line printers continue to hold their niche on factory and warehouse floors because they can operate without being confined in special enclosures, which laser printers need. These so-called impact printers can also print a large number of different forms and do it for a lot less than laser printers – a penny a page compared with 3 or 4 cents.
2 3651 2008 Retailers and manufacturers are taking new steps to stem the tide of product returns. Vizio has included with its instruction booklets one-page quick-start guides that focus on the basics of set-up. And the company has recently begun including with its TVs the latest kind of cable – known by the designation HDMI – to connect its VO series TVs to high-def products, heading off customers used to older cables with different connectors.
3 3711 1991 Mitsubishi had visibility problem in US for years. Mitsubishi acquired Value Rent-A-Car to broaden exposure of car line.
4 4213 1989 Ocean-borne container freight cut terminal handling time, stealing and insurance costs.
5 5812 1998 At eatZi's, a chef tosses salads to order, allowing customers to choose ingredients. Keeps cost lower than self-serve salad bars, since chef can monitor expensive ingredients. But labor costs are high.
6 8062 2005 Triad Hospital just implemented a new self-pay discount policy to help reduce the problem of bad debt (unpaid bills, etc…).

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