ABOUT PRACTICAL ENGINEERING
Practical Engineering was founded in January of 2002 with the purpose of bringing modern industrial engineering methodologies to the production of ophthalmic lenses. The production ophthalmic laboratory faces some unique circumstances respective to manufacturing in that we have been charged with mass producing custom-made products.
Although the laboratory operates in a classic “job shop” environment, the principles of manufacturing engineering are applicable as never before in today’s sophisticated machine tooled optical lab. Today’s manufacturing must be predicated on prevention not on inspection!
Production of quality products in a timely manner are only the beginning for long-term financial strength of a laboratory. The industry has changed significantly and that changed will only accelerate in the coming years.
The traditional optical lab has evolved from “making eyeglasses” into an environment best described as a manufacturing business, operating within the medical device industry, and producing a product of prescription eyewear for the ECP and their patients.
It has been said that what got you here will not get you there … yesterday’s push-through production scheme has certainly given way to a market demand-pull manufacturing necessity.
From re-engineering of processes, to line balancing and minimizing work flow travel, to cost of quality determination, Practical Engineering can assist you in discovering hidden profit potential within your organization. Contact us to learn more.