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2020/05/20"Free Factory Diagnosis" COVID-19 measures in a factory

Due to COVID-19, the state of emergency has been declared and most companies are corresponding to it by staying home and remote working, but for the factory, remote working is difficult and they need to work at shop floor implementing measures against it.

Under such an environment, Hirayama Consulting, while preventing infectious diseases, anticipates various problems that may occur in the future, and diagnoses the current situation of a factory and what direction the shop floor should be improved for free of charge.

The idea of COVID-19 measures in a factory

1.Examples of "measures to prevent infection"

  • Review operator's commuting method and clothes
  • Body temperature measurement when going to and from work and filling check sheet
  • Wear a mask, wash hands, sanitize hands, and review work clothes
  • Meetings and visitor restrictions (active use of IT communication)
  • Office environment maintenance (non-crowded layout, flow line, air ventilation, alcohol hand sanitizer, etc.)
  • Shop floor environment maintenance (non-crowded line layout, flow line, air ventilation, alcohol hand sanitizer, etc.)

2、Examples of "work shift"

  • Build a production system with a minimum number of operators and review work shifts to reduce the number of people in close contact with infected person.
  • Simulate how many operators in close contact may be absent if one of your employees infected, and in that case what kind of production method is possible.

COVID-19 measures and creation of opportunities to build an improvement culture

As COVID-19 measures, it is indispensable to build a production system with a minimum number of operators and review operator's flow lines. And in order to realize them, it is necessary to optimize the production line through shop floor improvement activities.

The management and employees working together as one to overcome various problems with wisdom, ingenuity and motivation will lead to the protection of employees and the survival of the business.

The consultant who wrote this article

柿沢 高一

Koichi Kakizawa

At Ricoh, he launched a Ricoh Production System based on the Toyota Production System. After that, he instructed other industries, such as food and confectionery industry and medical industry etc., on the Toyota Production System.
He works on machine productivity improvement, capacity improvement of bottleneck machines, cost reduction of conveyor production system, construction of cell production system (single person system, rotation system, work sharing system, work divide system), construction of production line using carts, establishment of 5S workplace culture, and quality and equipment management.

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