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Moving Beyond Lean Manufacturing to a Lean Supply Chain
Most lean manufacturing deployments target production operations, but can also be extended to other supply chain processes. To realize the multiplicative

become lean  control of operations will become an indispensable manufacturing advantage. The advantages of lean manufacturing concepts with demand driven techniques, extended through the supply chain, deliver: Real time supply chain communication and coordination Real time supply chain scheduling Inventory reduction through demand-based replenishment Reduction of non-value added work internally and externally Improved demand signal management across the supply chain network Focus on material flow across the entire Read More...
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Lean Manufacturing: A Primer
Lean manufacturing emphasizes the minimization of the amount of all the resources (including time) used in the various activities of the enterprise. The typical

become lean  prominent lean thinking has become. Many of these companies may not yet be involved in full-blown lean manufacturing, but they are at least using some lean tools and principles as their primary improvement methodology. What Constitutes Lean Manufacturing? According to the APICS Dictionary , the philosophy of lean manufacturing is to emphasize the minimization of the amount of all the resources (including time) used in the various activities of the enterprise. This involves identifying and eliminating Read More...
Front-office Lean-Taking Lean Manufacturing Beyond the Shop Floor
Lean manufacturing practices are employed to some degree on almost every manufacturing floor, but many companies aren't realizing the real benefits of lean by

become lean  inventory control. Lean has become a major part of how manufacturing works. Money Left on the Table Even among those companies with formal lean programs, the degree to which lean principles extend beyond the shop floor to the office is still very limited. This is surprising, since to a large extent, an organization that is extremely lean on the shop floor may still be losing time and energy to non-value added work in the front office. This lack of front-office lean means many companies will not realize Read More...
3 Key Areas to Reduce Costs with Lean Techniques
Continuous process improvement is more critical than ever for manufacturers to become lean. One key area of focus is on the flow of product from supplier to

become lean  ever for manufacturers to become lean. One key area of focus is on the flow of product from supplier to customer. Naturally, any process that impedes the smooth flow of product is a source of additional cost to the company. Download this white paper now and learn about 3 key areas to reduce costs and improve product flow from quote to cash. Read More...
Enhancing Lean Practices: Lean Adoption in the Industrial Machinery and Components Industry
Customer churn rates are higher than ever: although businesses say they are devoted to loyalty, their management systems and budgets do not support that claim

become lean  results, the progress to become Lean is a long-term commitment to continuous process improvements. With this in mind, IM&C companies in either the evaluation or early deployment phase of Lean can benefit from the following action items to pave a successful path to Lean: Focus on customer-facing KPIs, such as on-time delivery. Take tips from current best in class leaders and focus on meeting customer demands while continuing to strive for operational excellence. Measure these KPIs often (ideally on a Read More...
Managing Lean Manufacturing Using Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009
A supply chain management system (SCM) is a critical success factor for implementing lean manufacturing. The SCM system helps define product structure, costing

become lean  Lean Manufacturing Using Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 This is an excerpt from the book Managing Lean Manufacturing Using Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 by Dr. Scott Hamilton. The book can be ordered on amazon.com . Reprinted with kind permission of the publishers. Introduction An integrated supply chain management (SCM) system represents a critical success factor for effective implementation of lean manufacturing. The SCM system supports development and consensus for the demand plan, integrates Read More...
Lean Manufacturing: Reaping the Rewards of Lean through Response Management
For years, manufacturers have been driven by sales forecasts and the need to maximize production efficiency at every level of operation. But in order to be

become lean  are driving manufacturers to become more customer-focused, and Lean manufacturing techniques are a powerful tool to support these supply chain management transformations. Source : Kinaxis Resources Related to Lean manufacturing : Lean manufacturing (Wikipedia) Lean Manufacturing: Reaping the Rewards of Leanh Through Response Management Lean Manufacturing is also known as : lean organizations , manufacturing styles , lean response management , lean management system , lean IT management approach , lean Read More...
Sorting Through the ERP, Lean MFG, APS, and MES Clutter - Part 1
Especially in today’s globally competitive and recessionary environment it is imperative that companies further eliminate waste, become leaner, and become

become lean  du jour: it has become a recipe for survival. Everyone is on a quest to deliver on time and as quickly as necessary, with minimum inventory (and  working capital ), and highest necessary  utilization .  It has always been particularly tough for manufacturers, but especially painful during the ever-changing and challenging times from the end of the past century. As an AMR Research ’s alert from 2006 said, “In today’s demand-driven economy, manufacturers are expected to turn on a dime and also to Read More...
9 Things to Look For in Lean Accounting Software for Manufacturers
I attended the Lean Accounting Summit in Orlando in September, and I’m still struck by the totally different attitudes of companies that choose lean

become lean  Things to Look For in Lean Accounting Software for Manufacturers I attended the Lean Accounting Summit in Orlando in September, and I’m still struck by the totally different attitudes of companies that choose lean transformation versus conventional non-lean companies. Lean thinking certainly isn’t new to the business community, but many managers and business influencers still have no clear understanding of lean. They typically pick and choose their lean manufacturing tools, and ignore other lean Read More...
5 Ways ERP Can Help You Implement Lean
Lean delivers what companies need in today's competitive world: shorter lead times, improved quality, reduced cost, increased profit, improved productivity, and

become lean  Ways ERP Can Help You Implement Lean Lean delivers what companies need in today's competitive world: shorter lead times, improved quality, reduced cost, increased profit, improved productivity, and better customer service. Lean advocates have come to recognize that enterprise resource planning and lean work well together: the five lean principles are supported and enhanced by the information control and management tools delivered by end-to-end enterprise software suites. Read More...
Overcoming the Barrier of Traditional Accounting in Lean Environments
Manufacturers of all sizes are more efficient, better managed, and more profitable because of lean—yet this improvement has plateaued at many companies. What’s

become lean  the Barrier of Traditional Accounting in Lean Environments Manufacturers of all sizes are more efficient, better managed, and more profitable because of lean—yet this improvement has plateaued at many companies. What’s holding up the progress of lean? The real problem is that as lean evolves and spreads beyond the plant floor, its conflict with traditional accounting is escalating—and becoming more dangerous to the financial health of manufacturers. Read More...
Enterprise Resource Planning Vendors Address Lean Manufacturing
Intentia, Fujitsu Glovia, QAD, and SSA Global's solutions supporting lean manufacturing are examined. Which areas the extended enterprise resource planning (ERP

become lean  sizing, etc.). It also becomes the basis for cell design, operator balancing, and other important lean activities. The finishing schedule itself can be based on kanban pull signals using a type of first emptied , first authorized logic or on a conventional heijunka box in pitch increments. The QAD lean software also assists in establishing a level pull across all the upstream processes, with takt time, average daily demand, EPEI calculations, desired inventory buffers, etc. driving the kanban loop sizing Read More...
Implementing Kanban Alternatives in Lean Manufacturing
Kanban@the Japanese term for physical or visual signs that trigger replenishment, which can be a useful part of lean manufacturing@is not a good fit in some

become lean  Kanban Alternatives in Lean Manufacturing Kanban—the Japanese term for physical or visual signs that trigger replenishment, which can be a useful part of lean manufacturing—is not a good fit in some situations. Alternatives to kanban can also eliminate waste in lean production by addressing inventory, materials, and replenishment process needs. Learn more on how you can find alternatives to kanban to make your enterprise resource planning (ERP) system “leaner.” Read More...
Early Lean Adopters Embrace Technology
Many aerospace and defense (A&D) manufacturers are enjoying a competitive advantage because of early adoption of lean manufacturing tools. However, considerable

become lean  small, pragmatic steps to become lean. This is the approach followed by the majority of the manufacturers. Once they realize the early benefits of using Lean techniques they get aggressive with their strategy. A&D manufacturers have already passed that stage and hence are following different tactics to respond to the challenges. A&D manufacturers are more likely to leverage external domain expertise with the use of consultants and trainers to speed up their Lean initiatives. This is an important step by Read More...
Lean and Green Manufacturing Buyer's Guide
It's easy to find outsimply download TEC's lean and green manufacturing buyer's guide.

become lean  and Green Manufacturing Buyer's Guide What's new in the world of lean and green manufacturing? It's easy to find out—simply download TEC's Lean and Green Manufacturing Buyer's Guide . Here you'll discover how the green movement is impacting manufacturing in all of these key areas: software, technology, process, costs, and regulatory compliance. You'll also get a buyer's guide to green solutions from 10 of the leading environmental software vendors, and case studies showing you why lean and green can Read More...

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