Integrating Impregnation, Traditionally a Batch Process, Into a Lean Manufacturing Environment 2001-01-0338
The confrontation between the lean, clean, fast and compact demands of an advanced manufacturing environment and the traditional parameters of impregnation are enormous. Impregnation is a sealing process, typically where hundreds of parts are manually packed into a process basket, and subsequently transferred between a series of large tanks, over a one-two hour cycle.
Achieving the integration of impregnation into a lean manufacturing environment addresses: batch sizes, process times, equipment foot print, plant layout and mobility, environmental waste and automated component handling. Documented by case studies, a new generation of equipment and materials were developed. These advancements were the result of a systematic approach combining process, equipment and chemicals to enable a traditional batch process to be integrated onto the lean manufacturing shop floor.