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 Capital ICDs:
Use tracking devices on inventory

No. Industry SIC Year Notes
1 3674 2007 The cost of counterfeit circuitry is significant and chipmakers are joining forces to fight back. The industry is working to develop a standard for chip-packaging encryption which would make it harder for counterfeiters to pass off phony merchandise. As gadgetry becomes more complicated, counterfeiters often buy chips on the gray market and falsely relabel them as a more expensive product. A common, secret system of coding may prevent it.
2 5300 2006 With $30 billion in theft, there's a revolution in surveillance systems. Professional shoplifters are driving up losses dramatically, to $855 per shoplifting incident last year, from $265 in 2003. Gatekeeper Systems Inc. has invented an electric-fence technology for carts. The system, called GS2, uses radio frequency identification (RFID) chips, which are embedded in car wheels, and antennas around the periphery of the store that broadcast signals to the chips. When a cart approaches the store boundary, the wheels lock up and can only be unlocked by an employee who activates a remote control device. Target Corp. and several smaller chains have signed on.
3 5600 2006 With $30 billion in theft, there's a revolution in surveillance systems. Some of the most powerful sensor systems are being embedded right under your nose. Those beige plastic discs that retailers snap onto clothes and accessories, called electronic article surveillance (EAS) tags, are now being made as small, and nearly as thin as a toothpick. DVD manufacturers stick disposable versions on product packages before shipping to retailers. J. Crew Group Inc. sews the devices right into clothing labels, telling shoppers to remove deactivated units before washing.

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