SigmaTron International's facility in Acuna, Mexico, has a dedicated assembly and test "focused factory
" area to provide configure-to-order (CTO) services for a manufacturer of industrial products.
(a provider of IoT platform technology) and John Kowal, director, business development, B&R Industrial Automation (an automation hardware and software supplier) have authored a white paper for the Industrial Internet Consortium that explains how a concept from the 1970s, known as The Focused Factory
, can be successfully applied today to create an IIoT "green patch" in a brownfield plant.
The new industry focused factory
provides considerable advantages including the significant ability for JWE to pre-assemble and test dry run all plants for client inspection prior to delivery, and ongoing stock supply and management.
The focused factory
is commonly interpreted as having three intertwined dimensions of product focus, market focus, and process focus (Ketokivi and Jokinen 2006; Skinner 1974).
By removing unnecessary steps, using forklifts for heavy tasks, and creating focused factory
areas, Hytrol was able to eliminate 60% of its lift truck fleet, resulting a savings equal to 70 tons of coal per year.
Some of the firms we work with have deep expertise in life insurance, employee benefits, group medical and other lines, but they count on our "focused factory
" approach to DI to help them work in that market.
As the first to develop focused factory
cells, we are committed to a team approach ideal for smaller volume production runs.
A separate focused factory
is integrated into Building 5 to handle repair services.
We then went from a focused factory
making gate valves and chokes, where the average run was 120 pieces, to a quick-reaction job shop where the average run size was 16 pieces.
A spokesman for the company said: ``Regrettably the action means that, despite major efforts to improve productivity and profitability, the manufacturing facility at Ellesmere Port has not been selected as a focused factory
Freudenberg-NOK's Ashland small-lot focused factory
will produce low-volume radial shaft seals for the automotive and general industry segments.
But we kept the assembly and service distribution operations separated out as its own business so that we could develop a focused factory
and grow the business strategically."