Tool Room Machinist Workflow Map

In this article, we’ve created a starter Tool Room Machinist Workflow Map that you can use to start planning out your product/service delivery and we’ve outlined a few examples of experiments that you can run in your Tool Room Machinist role.

Ready to get started? Download the Workflow Map template or get in touch to discuss how a workflow coach could help you fast-track your business improvement.

Systems & Processes for Tool Room Machinist

The path towards better systems and processes in your Tool Room Machinist role starts with mapping out your most important business processes. Being able to see your business processes laid out visually helps you to collaborate with your team on how to improve and grow. By repeating this collaboration process, you’ll develop a culture of continuous improvement that leads to a growing business and streamlined systems and processes that increase customer & staff experience.

To help you start mapping out your processes, we’ve developed a sample flow for a Tool Room Machinist Workflow Map that you can use with your team to start clarifying your processes and then run Business Experiments so you can build a better business.

Workflow Map For A Tool Room Machinist

1. Initial client consultation: Understanding the client’s requirements and specifications for the tool or part they need.
2. Design and engineering: Creating a detailed design plan for the tool or part, including measurements, materials, and manufacturing processes.
3. Material procurement: Sourcing and acquiring the necessary materials for the tool or part production.
4. Machining setup: Preparing the machines, tools, and equipment required for the manufacturing process.
5. Machining operations: Performing the necessary machining operations, such as cutting, drilling, milling, or grinding, to shape and refine the tool or part.
6. Quality control: Conducting inspections and tests to ensure the tool or part meets the required specifications and quality standards.
7. Finishing and assembly: Applying any necessary finishing touches, such as polishing or coating, and assembling the tool or part if required.
8. Packaging and shipping: Packaging the finished tool or part securely and arranging for its safe transportation to the client.
9. Client delivery and installation: Delivering the tool or part to the client’s location and assisting with its installation if necessary.
10. Post-delivery support: Providing ongoing support and maintenance services to the client, addressing any issues or concerns that may arise after the delivery

Business Growth & Improvement Experiments

1. Name: Implementing Lean Manufacturing Principles
Description: This experiment involves analyzing the current manufacturing processes and identifying areas of waste, such as excessive inventory, unnecessary movement, or overproduction. By implementing lean manufacturing principles, such as 5S methodology, Kanban systems, and value stream mapping, the tool room machinist aims to streamline operations, reduce lead times, and improve overall efficiency.
Expected Outcome: The expected outcome of this experiment is a more organized and efficient tool room, reduced waste, improved productivity, and shorter lead times, ultimately resulting in cost savings and increased customer satisfaction.

2. Name: Cross-Training Employees
Description: In this experiment, the tool room machinist can explore cross-training employees in different areas of the manufacturing process. By providing training opportunities for employees to learn multiple skills, the business can ensure flexibility in resource allocation, reduce dependency on specific individuals, and improve overall productivity.
Expected Outcome: The expected outcome of this experiment is a more versatile workforce capable of handling various tasks, reduced downtime due to absenteeism or skill gaps, improved teamwork and collaboration, and increased overall productivity.

3. Name: Implementing Preventive Maintenance Program
Description: This experiment involves establishing a preventive maintenance program for the tool room equipment. By conducting regular inspections, cleaning, and maintenance tasks, the machinist aims to minimize unexpected breakdowns, extend the lifespan of the equipment, and reduce costly repairs or replacements.
Expected Outcome: The expected outcome of this experiment is increased equipment reliability, reduced downtime due to breakdowns, improved overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), and cost savings by avoiding major repairs or replacements.

4. Name: Implementing a Continuous Improvement Program
Description: This experiment focuses on establishing a culture of continuous improvement within the tool room. By encouraging employees to identify and suggest process improvements, the machinist aims to foster innovation, increase employee engagement, and drive overall business growth.
Expected Outcome: The expected outcome of this experiment is a more engaged and empowered workforce, a steady flow of improvement ideas, increased efficiency and productivity, and a culture of continuous improvement that drives business growth.

5. Name: Implementing Digital Tools for Inventory Management
Description: This experiment involves adopting digital tools, such as inventory management software or barcode systems, to streamline and automate the tool room’s inventory management processes. By accurately tracking inventory levels, reducing stockouts, and optimizing reorder points, the machinist aims to improve inventory control, reduce costs, and enhance overall operational efficiency.
Expected Outcome: The expected outcome of this experiment is improved inventory accuracy, reduced stockouts or excess inventory, optimized inventory levels, reduced carrying costs, and improved overall efficiency in the tool room

What Next?

The above map and experiments are just a basic outline that you can use to get started on your path towards business improvement. If you’d like custom experiments with the highest ROI, would like to work on multiple workflows in your business (for clients/customers, HR/staff and others) or need someone to help you implement business improvement strategies & software, get in touch to find out whether working with a workflow coach could help fast-track your progress.