Atlas Copco Applies Lean Manufacturing

Atlas Copco is using lean manufacturing principles to produce its product. They share their old production lines and how they compare with their new design. They have been able to eliminate waste and improve their processes. They have made the operator the center of the production process. Their original assembly line was seventy meters long. The new production line is only fourteen meters long.

They have incorporated Poke Yoke using plates to allow them to kit their parts at the workplace. When the operator has completed the product the plate should be empty, with no parts left over.

Atlas Copco achieved impressive results after implementing lean manufacturing principles in their facility. On-time delivery increased by 15%. Quality improved by 11%. Inventory levels were reduced and so was the number of workstations.

Here is a video showing the new design for their production lines to produce their products.