Streamline manufacturing system is a Japanese system developed for managing a manufacturing process.

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streamline manufacturing-ulhas pujari

It is a guideline for establishing a cellular manufacturing process.

Way back in 1990’s all auto industry has started moving from batch production system to cellular production system. These cellular production units have been organized as a batch of products and not a club of similar machines.

Single piece flow was also an end result of this process.

This Streamline manufacturing system popularly known as SMS works on creating a Visual factory. It has 10 steps from V1 to V10.

  1. Visual 1: This talks about how to organize various machines in the cell, ie cell layout.
  2. Visual 2: This talks about Man- Machine balancing. How many men should run how many machines, a basic chart is displayed regarding this in the cell.
  3. Visual 3: This talks about Multiskilling of operatives.
  4. Visual 4: This gives guidelines about material movement inside the cell.
  5. Visual 5: This gives guidelines about material movement outside the cell.
  6. Visual 6: Maintenance of machines.
  7. Visual 7: Jigs and fixture maintenance.
  8. Visual 8: Tooling maintenance.
  9. Visual 9: Documentation.
  10. Visual 10: Design office.

So let’s begin implementation of SMS in your manufacturing setup.


Ulhas Pujari


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