Has anyone looked at setup reduction for machine feeders. We have made some gains through changing the flow of work but as lot sizes decrease the number of parts required remains the same. We remove all reels from the feeders after a job is complete to free up those feeders for the next job. Our number of feeders limits us to setting up only @2 jobs ahead of the running job. This means that if we have two small lots they can be complete before the third setup is loaded. So our bottleneck is feeder setup.
Statement: This post is only the personal view of the author and does not represent the opinions of ALLPCB.com.