The Production Preparation Process (3P) is a powerful means of taking a big-picture look at how a product is designed and manufactured. It guides teams through the creative process of generating ideas, and then whittles the ideas down to one that will be implemented. Starting with a clean development slate, 3P rapidly creates and validates potential product and process designs that require the least time, material, and capital resources. 3P typically results in products with less complexity, are easier to manufacture, and with built-in-quality. 3P designs processes that flow better and utilize simple-right sized equipment that better meet production needs. Organizations engaging in 3P select the best product or process design among multiple alternatives developed from lean techniques. An overview introduces organizations to the basic principles of the 3P. Participants learn the importance of function and value analysis, alternatives, process mock-up, refinement, and early equipment management.
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