Cost & Cycle Time Reduction and Increased Production on CNC Machines
Bosques Cardona, Darien J.
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There are a lot of different types of manufacturing industries. Some of the similarities, in the majority, is the need to reduce cost, cycle tyme and consequently increase productivity. There are several methodologies or techniques that we can follow and implement that can help the industries to fulfill these needs. One of the type of manufacturing industries are the machining industries which works with CNC “Computer Numerical Control” programed machines. In these type of industries that use CNC program codes to machine there are a lot of ways to make that happen. In this article, it will be discussed how we can use lean manufacturing in the CNC codes programs. How we can use less expensives tools to machine without affecting the quality of the product. Finally we will manufacture the units with the expected quality, tooling cost reduction, decrease in cycle time and enhanced production. This execution was performed in: “Zimmer Manufacturing B.V. located at Ponce, Puerto Rico. Zimmer is a machining industries which produce different types of implants. Key Terms - Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Programs, DMAIC, Efficiencies, Lean Six Sigma.