Balancing a flow means, insofar as possible, leveling work content between all resources. This benefits both the operation in general and the employees’ work situation. Balancing requires extensive, detailed information on work content and process capacity. In an automated process this can include knowing cycle times, process efficiency, etc., while in manual processes it involves facts based on standardized work. When all the facts are gathered, the work content can be divided between the resources in the flow relatively easily.
Part Development has extensive experience in supporting operations with balancing and in ensuring that the results of the balancing process are sustainable. Balancing must be continually updated; otherwise the risk is great that improvements in efficiency will not be felt across all operations. If this is the case it is hard to achieve all the gains possible from the improvement work.