This is a great video on the baseball manufacturing process.
So how many wasteful activities did you spot in the process? Here are some things I saw (obviously not comprehensive):
Manual dumping of adhesives into drums – how important is it to have the same amount of adhesive for every batch? (Probably not critical, but if you’re using more than necessary you’re throwing money away and over time those pennies can add up.)
Excess motion in wrapping the first bits of yarn around the pill or central layers and putting into the machine before removing from machine after full wrapping
Checking the weight of each center after the wool and poly-blend yarns have been wrapped around – is there a way to check weights of yarns used based on length of yarn consumed or checking earlier in the process after each step so you can tell if you’re using too much of one style of yarn?
Lots of excessive motion in the stitching of the seams – the stitching is necessary but that is a lot of strain put onto the folks sewing the seams
Overprocessing in pushing the seams into v-shapes after the stitching has been completed – is it possible to pull the seams into v-shapes as the stitching is being completed so the operators don’t have to go back and adjust their work?