Best Practice (Good)
Construct manufacturing and assembly instructions using a collaborative knowledge bank from the engineering and design teams, but also shop floor staff. Shop floor staff is regularly in proximity to equipment and have a more intimate perspective of the process.
Typical Practice (Bad)
Use historical manufacturing processes and knowledge from engineering and design teams to derive work instructions. Once adopted, instructions are implemented by manufacturing and assembly without possibility of revision unless changes to relevant assembly variables (i.e., equipment, product) are made.
Benefits: Encouraging a free exchange of information between both the people who design products and who manufacture and assemble them will allow issues related to work interruption and downtime, as well as opportunities for streamlining, to be identified more effectively.