If a manufacturing company is not continually improving itself, then it is going backwards. Meeting the challengers of manufacturing today is no easy feat. Continuous improvement needs to be applied constantly for a manufacturing firm to keep up with the current everchanging environment. Many manufacturing companies fail in that they do not know how to best perform the work required.
Waste is one of the biggest costs of manufacturing firms, with time holding the largest percentage of waste. Sometimes to improve completely differently ways of doing things need to be found; sometimes the latest technology needs to be incorporated. Sometimes, as in the case of this thesis, an age-old method of material removal needs to be used to move forward.
Two distinct areas of manufacturing have been reviewed. The productivity of one component produced at Camtech Engineering Pty Ltd has been examined as it is a large bottleneck in the production process. Additionally, the method in which the work is perform is analysed.
Both concepts show that the Camtech is a World Class Manufacture that believes in the Continuous Improvement strategy.