The most successful sandcarving businesses have adapted their operation to employ a high-efficiency production process: using a comprehensive method of production and bringing together every piece of the sandcarving process to ensure the most efficient production operation. This process utilizes a production cell concept where the work takes place from start to finish in a production line. By combining the components of the production cell with a set training program that teaches the rules of the assembly line, a single person can run the cell, or multiple people can operate the cell, depending on the workload.
The process works with five stations including: exposure/development/drying; mask application; sandcarving; automatic washing; and mask removal, clean, and pack. All stations work together in a flow, as the production team “flex” from station to station. In addition to station flexing, efficiency tools and fixtures can be developed, helping speed up mask application and taping.
—Michael Sullivan, IKONICS Imaging