Increasing Throughput in Human-centric Manufacturing Processes
Whether your production line revolves around high dexterity operations or large scale, heavy industrial processing, Midwest Engineered Systems is highly experienced at streamlining manually intensive manufacturing. Over the years, we’ve found a number of areas in human-centered production processes that can yield tangible improvements. Count on us to increase your factory’s throughput while reducing operator fatigue.
Expertise in Process Evaluation
Our process begins with observing your production line in operation and reviewing current work instructions, understanding failure modes, and production rates to benchmark your current system’s capability. Our seasoned application engineers then evaluate every aspect of the process to identify bottle necks, critical quality characteristics, areas of high operator fatigue, operations susceptible to failure, and other possible areas of improvement .
This information is then used to create a solution that focuses on resolving the aspects identified in the evaluation phase. Enhancements typically address tooling/fixturing, ergonomics, various stages of product flow, quality control/recording, and error proofing. Next, MWES develops cost-effective solutions to streamline operations by leveraging our decades of experience in a variety of applications and industries. When moving from design to implementation, we remain cognizant of your facility’s need to keep production going. Our installation operations are designed to limit disruption to your current production capacity.
Tooling and fixtures that reduce process variation
One of the areas that MWES has found to offer significant increases in operational efficiency is utilizing specialized tooling, fool-proof fixturing, work holding and process assurance sensors that guarantee reliable, intuitive operation. These characteristics reduce or eliminate the opportunity for part damage and ensure the quality characteristics as defined by the component design specifications.
We are exceptional at finding efficiencies in production line configurations and assembly process flow by applying best in class worker ergonomics. We focus on reducing complexity and physical effort with tools that auto program assembly recipes when picked from their nest, tool balancers that reduce load and intelligent balancing arms that ensure proper assembly sequences are completed. We also provide programmable height controls allowing the part to be located at an ergonomic position during a specific assembly operations for a given station. These height controls can also compensate dynamically for varying operator heights. The result is increased throughput while reducing the potential for repetitive strain issues or putting workers in danger.