When dealing with complex problems, it is best to take a step-by-step approach. This methodology can aid the investigation of quality issues commonly encountered with pressure-sensitive-adhesive (PSA) products.
The starting point for the creation of a lean corporation is the development of a corporate business process model that represents all corporate activities in a common format and facilitates the implementation of the lean philosophy. A bottom-up approach is used to create this model, such that groups and departments document their processes, and these processes are combined to form larger processes. The highest-level process corresponds to the corporation's business process.
Long a mainstay of conventional manufacturing and distribution, material-handling automation is now becoming increasingly helpful to adhesives and sealants companies, boosting productivity and the bottom line.
Technical professionals in the pressure-sensitive adhesives area are highly skilled and educated in tape-making processes. They have often taken course-work in the areas of PSA tape properties, characteristics of tape-making, web-handling, coating and converting processes. Subject-matter knowledge is generally abundant.