Lean manufacturing techniques are being applied successfully throughout the construction industry and are especially useful in the shop. To improve your ductwork fabrication methods, consider these five suggestions.
1. Increase flow. To improve your shop’s performance, you want to increase throughput without adding more resources. The customer, your field crews or an external customer wants fabricated duct to install. The faster you can move sheet metal products through the shop and out the door, the more you will improve performance. Look for bottlenecks, what causes material to wait and not be fabricated.