Mar 16 2015
“Potain, a manufacturer and supplier of tower cranes in La Clayette, France, where it made all the mechanical and electrical systems, safety devices and cabs for cranes manufactured in Europe. The diversity of components manufactured was wide and production was in small runs, indeed in single units.
The factory, on a hill, had a handicap in terms of flow as, each time the business grew, a new building had to be built at a different altitude from the others. The organisation was by trade, which penalized production flows.
A layout reorganization project was launched in 1997. The objective was to improve flows, flexibility, responsiveness and competitiveness. It took two years to review the designs of all hoists, cabinets, safety systems and cabs. We took advantage of new crane, hoist mechanisms and cabs.
- -66% primary components
- -40% subassemblies
- -20% costs
- -70% lead times”
A great case study from Pascal Chaloyard.