Round 2 – Let’s start the first Assembly process
There are a few rules to follow during the game. Watch the game rules video for this:
Your Tasks in this Game Round
Determine the roles for the game in the team and check it on the handouts.
Example: If you choose to observe the station 2, check “Operator 2”
Supply material to each work station. Therefore, the fork lift driver feeds material boxes on pallets from the warehouse to each station. Pay attention to the correct material destinations at the work stations. Do only supply materials for just one pen color to the stations at the beginning. Trace all routes on the handout that the forklift driver travels within the assembly.
Place the Customer Request onto the shipping area.
Caution: The two pen variants have different lead colors.
Start the pen assembly process to assemble the requested pens according to the Customer Request. Measure the time it takes to assemble the pens with a Stopwatch.
Note: After each station, the pre-assembled parts in the WIP Boxes must be moved with the fork lift to the next station.
Note the measured time onto the Scorecard.
Discuss and note the pros and cons of this round in the group.
Where do you see issues and bottlenecks during the assembly process?
Lean will give big improvements in managing product variants. Let’s see in the upcoming rounds which Lean tools will do the trick.
Content of this Game Round