World Class Manufacturing Is…
A position of international manufacturing excellence, achieved by developing a culture based on factors such as continuous improvement, problem prevention, zero defect tolerance, customer-driven just-in-time production, and total quality management The capability of a manufacturer to compete with any other manufacturing organization in a chosen market, with the aspiration of achieving world-beating standards in all organizational aspects. World class manufacturing encompasses the practices of total quality management, continuous improvement, international benchmarking, and flexible working.
Definition sourced from Bnet Business Director
World Class Manufacturing is a different set of concepts, principles, policies and technique s for managing and operating a manufacturing company.
It is driven by the results achieved by the Japanese manufacturing resurgence following World War II, and adapts many of the ideas used by the Japanese to gain a competitive edge. It primarily focuses on continual improvement in :• • • • • • Quality Cost Lead Time Flexibility Customer Service Innovation
Time Reduction Speed time-to-market Cut Operations cost Exceed customer expectations Manage the global enterprise Streamline outsourcing processes Improve business performance visibility
Implementations usually involve the following philosophies and techniques:
Make-to-order Streamlined flow Small lot sizes Families of parts Doing it right the first time Cellular manufacturing Total preventive maintenance Quick changeover
Zero Defects Just-in-time Variability reduction High employee involvement Cross functional teams Multi-skilled employees Visual signaling