Implement standardized work in the setup operations of a pharmaceutical packing line?

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Helpal

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I am a recent graduate in Industrial Engineering. I’m currently working on a Portuguese pharmaceutical industry and my first work is to optimize the packing lines using Lean Manufacturing techniques. I began with a VSM then used 5s, visual management and SMED to reduce the setup time. However I am having some difficulties in implementing standardized work on the setup operation.
The number of operators in the setup team usually goes from 1 to 3 (depending of availability) and the section manager argues that each operator is free to do the setup the way he wants, as long as they assure time and quality requirements.

I tried to sequence the operations for each operator to minimize the setup time, but it didn’t work very well because the number of operators is not fixed.

How can I reach the standardized work in a scenario like this?


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Helio Palrilha
 
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Bev D

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Re: Implement standardized work in the setup operations of a pharmaceutical packing l

Welcome to the cove and to the world of work!
To answer your question: you can't. Having any number of people do whatever they like is the antithesis of standardized work.

You will need to convince the section manager of the fallacy of his assumption that having any number of people do whatever they want cannot result in meeting the shortest required time for the activity and meet the quality goals. Perhaps he might be swayed by an experiment? try 3 setups with standardized work and 3 without...

remember too that standardized work is more than just sequencing the tasks...
 
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Helpal

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Re: Implement standardized work in the setup operations of a pharmaceutical packing l

Thanks for the advice Bev D!! :)
I’ve already tried to do that experiment, but the setup time (with the same number of operators) is almost the same in both cases.

What should I do for standardized work? Could you give some guidelines?

Till now I’ve only made the sequencing of the tasks, and put it in a document for the operators with the inputs and outputs of each task.
 
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