In most contract manufacturing environments, efficiency comes from long runs on high-speed equipment. Breaking into the schedule for small volume needs is like asking a busy airport to clear its runways of 747s to make room for small private jets to land. It’s just not realistic.
By contrast, RBB’s shop is more like a merry-go-round at your local park. Each ride is short, so as it spins, an opening is almost always available without a cost penalty. In fact, the occasional large batch is divided into bite-sized pieces so all jobs continue to flow. We’re built for small batches.
RBB applies LEAN manufacturing techniques in a unique way to its small batch, high mix environment. Our constant product changeover means we must get all our small batches quickly through the shop, so we apply LEAN to the whole shop as a unit to get you your product quickly and cost-effectively.
RBB "swarms" our people and resources to where the work is heaviest, and we reconfigure on the fly. We maximize capacity through cross-training and strong internal communication.