EWAB Flow Technology
Project or Programme?
Is the project a stand alone project or a sub-project of a larger programme or is it an entire programme such as a new engine generation or drive line. There may be differences in how we will suggest to handle the entire business arrangements.
Pilot / Feasibility Study
A pilot study involves a customer need analysis, how to handle the part(s) or family of parts, potential future needs and development scenarios, production flow alternatives, investment projection and payback.
Life Cycle Cost
EWAB is one of very few companies that can offer Life Performance Guarantees based on accurate Life Cycle Cost calculation. This unique capability comes from continuous lab test, strict quality standard, very long field experience and continuous monitoring of system performance through service visits.
The verb "to engineer" means, among other things, "to manage skillfully". EWAB Business Engineers are professionals highly skilled in working out the Best Total Deal for our customers. With solutions that matches your current needs and when required also future demands. EWAB Business Engineers do not work on commission, thus ruling out any personal economic interest that otherwise is very common among traditional sales people and a very high risk element in any project.
Finding the optimum solution on the first round is not a simple task. By working with various concepts on a higher level, the benefits of each can be compared and the different options narrowed down to just a few alternatives before time is spent on evaluating the details..
Simulating or visualising a production system are two very different things. Simulation is a mathematical calculation made over hours and sometimes days or even weeks, while visualisation is an animation in 2D or 3D providing a presentation of what the system will look like and one can visualise parts flow, robot and gantry integration etc. As any computer model, a simulation is not better than the data you put into it. With any new situation or a new production, all input data are assumptions. Volumes, cycle times, stops and malfunctions are spread over time following statistical fluctuations and they are often distributed according to a bell curve. In real life things don't perform like bell curves. Simulations can be done using very sophisticated and expensive software or they can be done using fairly straight forward excel models. The outcome will be the same because it is only mathematic. Visualisation can be useful for many other things but often it is easier to visit existing installations.
EWAB Flow Technology is always based on a simple rule - When all machines or workstations runs at 100% the flow must be sufficient and available 100% of the time. EWAB Flow Technology involves a number of tools. The Flow capacity tool calculates the flow requirements based on TaktTime, number of operations, number of machines or assembly stations per operation, capacity constraint resources, manual labor involvement and production levelling.
The pallet quantity tool receives input from the flow capacity tool and calculates the optimum amount of pallets that will support one-piece flow, enough to eliminate starving of constraint resources while at the same time eliminate the risk for rush hour effects with pulsating flow.
The integration of the vast majority of all peripheral equipment is made module by module in our Project Centers where the equipment is test run and signed off before delivery.
Modularity and System Blocks
Different concepts can have different levels of layout modularity. The degree of layout modularity may have a great impact on the entire project lead time, cost and flexibility. Greater level of layout modularity reduces project lead time, reduces investment cost and increase system flexibility.
Stake holders are pulling hard for higher quality, shorter lead time, less cost - all at ones!
The Business agreement is also the starting point for the Project Charter that will give the project manager the required tools to launch the project.
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