Most small manufacturers simply can’t afford to have an MRP system that tracks manufacturing cycle times and the variances between those times. However, even for those companies with the most up-to-date software, there are some inherent benefits of witnessing production happen in person. In fact, even the best software isn’t intuitive enough to show you how to eliminate idle time and increase production throughput.
For that, you have to see work being done for yourself. With this in mind, I thought I would include a cycle time tracking excel sheet for small manufacturers with a built in graph that shows average, median and mode cycle times in a given production work station.