After sitting down with the Customer initially, we decided it would be best to attack this quickly and thoroughly. Within a couple days of that discussion we were in action.
That action was a Kaizen at RMF which consisted of a multifaceted group of individuals from both RMF and the Customer.
- Product Manager
- Supply Chain Manager
- Design Engineer
- RMF Project Engineer
- RMF Manufacturing Engineers
- RMF Metal Fabrication Specialists
These cross-functional team members were selected to give us a full understanding of all elements of design and production for this Product.
To start, the team examined the design and manufacturing of the complete product in question, including all of its components and assembly processes.
We then delved into other steps, including the sub-assembly of components by RMF to simplify the customer’s assembly labor and the optimization of shipping container volume to reduce shipping cost.
After 2 days intensively exploring the issues, we emerged with a plan to reduce the number of individual components and package one complete subassembly shipped to the customer in a finished goods box.