DMG MORI is a leading international manufacturer of machines and machine tools. Serving customers in over 42 industries and 79 countries, DMG MORI strives to be “Global One Company” –leveraging the best of their German and Japanese heritage in our modern interconnected world.
DMG MORI produces the spindles for many of their machines in-house. Each spindle is the product of a complex assembly. Spindles move through a single-piece flow process spanning over a dozen stations.
Every station includes highly variable picking procedures and quality checks. While operators have access to paper schematics and standard work requirements, existing quality measures were time consuming and prone to error.
Work was recorded on paper forms, making it difficult to track progress in real time. When defects arose, they were recorded on additional paper forms. Without real-time data, finding patterns in production data was slow and prone to error.
Finally, DMG MORI’s lines adhere to strict Takt times. Without visibility into the work performed at each station, the company lacked the ability to identify bottlenecks and properly balance lines. Current workflows made it difficult to track WiP through the line.