Quick and focused reviews of performance data during the shift enable ongoing course corrections and small-scale fixes that collectively result in significant improvements in performance. Look at the immediate past to guide actions for the immediate future.
Short Interval Control (SIC) is a factory-floor process for driving production improvements during the shift. Each shift is split into short intervals of time (four hours initially), within which plant-floor employees use data to identify and implement improvement actions. These improvement actions may be countermeasures to ongoing or emerging problems, or they may be actions to improve existing production.
SIC can be seen as a form of Kaizen as it encourages teams to work together to achieve regular, incremental improvements to the manufacturing process.
Why Use Short Interval Control?
Short Interval Control is a logical extension of the Daily Production Meeting. The underlying principle is the same: we cannot change the past; however, we can learn from it to improve the future. SIC accelerates the pace of improvement and puts more responsibility into the hands of operators and other plant-floor employees. SIC is very engaging for operational teams, as it provides them with a greater degree of autonomy and responsibility for how equipment runs, and it provides instant feedback through visible and measurable results.