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Reflections on Lean Philosophy and the Theory of Constraints
The theory of constraints (TOC) is similar to, yet different from, the lean philosophy. TOC focuses on optimizing production through critical bottlenecks in

control theory  and pull signal production control approaches. For an exhaustive discussion of lean manufacturing in previous notes, see Lean Manufacturing: A Primer , Lean Tools and Practices that Eliminate Manufacturing Waste , How to Achieve Lean Manufacturing , Manual versus Information Technology Enabled Lean Manufacturing , Enterprise Resource Planning Vendors Address Lean Manufacturing , and The Theory of Constraints Enters the Lean Manufacturing Arena . The TOC Vernacular More similarities between TOC and lean

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PLM for the Fashion Industry

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) for Fashion is an evaluation model containing tailored PLM criteria and extra functionalities that serve the specificities of this industry in order to help fashion goods (including apparel, footwear, accessory and home fashion) manufacturers and retailers to achieve more efficient product development, lower cost, and better collaboration and control throughout the whole supply chain.  

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