Lean Manufacturing

Lean Manufacturing - Special Products & Mfg., Inc. - Rockwall (DFW) TXSPM is committed to providing a competitive advantage to our customers. We practice Lean Manufacturing Methodologies that include but are not limited to:

  • Waste Reductions
  • Just In Time Strategies
  • Automated Systems
  • Visual Aids
  • Andon Systems
  • Cellular Manufacturing

Waste Reduction is our foundational principal. We monitor our production flows and identify opportunities for improvement to reduce non-value added time. We streamline processes with “point of use” tools and resources to omit waiting and excessive motion which gain us increased productivity.

Just-In-Time Strategies increase our production capacity and shifts working capital towards suppliers. This is accredited to cellular manufacturing, and partnership programs such as Consignment, Supply Chain Management, and Vendor Managed Inventory.

Automated Systems such as robotic welders and presses allow us to gain increased productivity, increased production capacity, consistent output, and predictability of quality.

Visual Aids are used throughout the facility as metrics for safety, quality, and performance. These baselines identify opportunities for improvement. Our Visual Aids are process specific and instill discipline to following standard work procedures. The use of detailed work instructions insures that quality specifications and production processes are clearly communicated and easy to understand. This eliminates options to fail and leaves only the option to succeed. It allows us to be repeatable in our quality.

We use Andon Systems to notify support departments for any issue. This alert system uses audio alarms to initiate a rapid response time from multiple departments. Using the Andon gives our associates the ability to call for immediate assistance, resolve the issue, and resume production. Each occurrence is logged and can be used as a continuous improvement focus.

We design Manufacturing Cells to increase throughput and reduce non value added processes. Work in progress is reduced, overproduction is nonexistent, and material handling has been diminished. Our manufacturing cells improve production flow, reduce lead time, and increase productivity allowing SPM to manufacture high quality products at a lower cost to you.

SPM is in compliance with and certified to ISO 9001:2015.