By enabling operators to work on multiple work stations, you gain far more flexibility for your line balancing activities to follow fluctuating customer demands. Instead of operating just on one or a limited number of stations, you can rearrange workloads and process steps without taking care of your operators’ skills.
Why do you have to enhance Safety and Ergonomics?
How do you implement the Operator-Process Flexibility?
Get all your operators close and work according to a common takt time and a one piece flow
Skill your operators to work on several stations and machines within that production line
When stations are close and operating in a one piece flow, operators can work on several stations within their cycle time (e. g. 1-4 stations at a T/T ~ 3 min)
Use the driving license principle to track the skills of your operators