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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

lean consultants  companies reported that having Lean consultants evaluate current work processes has resulted in more organized and effective work areas. A 5s team member at an access equipment manufacturing company explained that his company began investigating Lean initiatives and external support at the suggestion of several companies that had undergone the process. The company brought in external expertise to begin pointing out areas of improvement on the shop floor, with consultants monitoring day to day operations Read More...
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Lean Maintenance: Best Practices to Turn Asset Management into a Profit Center
It’s common knowledge that asset downtime disrupts production and drives up both process and per-unit operating costs. However, executives often lose sight of

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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

lean consultants  Manufacturing Waste. ”  Many lean evangelists and consultants have been saying that 6 percent of products create 50 percent of the total manufacturing workload at most manufacturers. These products have been called “runners” in Preactor's marketing collateral due to their supposed level demand that can grant the  flow (cellular) manufacturing  mode with dedicated resources. Thus, any company should make runner products exactly to-order or how much the company sells. In contrast, according to Read More...
Sorting Through the ERP, Lean MFG, APS, and MES Clutter - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series started with a discussion of the fact that the ability to sense demand and become a demand-driven (responsive) business is more than

lean consultants  Manufacturing? Contrary to some lean manufacturing consultants that tend to say that APS (and ERP) force planners to make large batches (which leads to waste), APS and lean are not mutually exclusive.  Value Stream Mapping (VSM)  or similar techniques ( mentioned in Part 2 ) are required to identify issues, streamline processes, and remove non value-add steps. Certainly, lean concepts and business objectives can be built into scheduling rules. As mentioned earlier,  Visual Process Control (VPC) 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

lean consultants  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 A&D manufacturers, taking in consideration the performance gap that exists in the vertical. A&D manufacturers that are early in Read More...
How Can Fashion Companies Benefit from Lean Supply Chains?
Fashion companies need to respond quickly and strategically to major changes occurring in today’s global supply chains.Implementing a lean supply chain

lean consultants  Fashion Companies Benefit from Lean Supply Chains? Fashion companies need to respond quickly and strategically to major changes occurring in today’s global supply chains. Implementing a lean supply chain management strategy can enable cost savings and more efficient operations by realigning process according to a demand-driven model. Lean supply chain management uses Web-based technologies to create and maintain dynamic supplier networks. Such networks are able to deliver the highest customer value at Read More...
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

lean consultants  Beyond Lean Manufacturing to a Lean Supply Chain Background Most of the buzz and activity around the adoption of lean manufacturing concepts within an enterprise has been linked to the shop floor. Production operations have been the target of most lean manufacturing deployments, but lean manufacturing principles and techniques can be extended beyond the shop floor to processes that are unique to and transcend efficient production operations and supply chain operations. Stretching lean manufacturing Read More...
Transforming Your Business to Lean: 10 Lessons Learned
On the path toward global competitiveness, the benefits and basic principles of “Lean” are widely known. However, many organizations struggle to gain a foothold

lean consultants  when embarking on the Lean journey. Or, perhaps more commonly, Lean initiatives stall and are sometimes eliminated due to a lack of understanding of what it takes to both make and sustain the Lean transformation. Read More...
7 Tips for Hiring Great Consultants
Back in April, I wrote about a consulting firm whose excellent service had earned it rave reviews from a client.The secret to the firm’s success, it turned

lean consultants  Tips for Hiring Great Consultants Back in April,  I wrote about a consulting firm  whose excellent service had earned it rave reviews from a client. The secret to the firm’s success, it turned out, was pretty simple. Its consultants made sure they understood the client, they committed to the project, they kept their promises, and they followed up. In other words, that firm displayed a genuine commitment to excellence that can be hard to find. So hard that some of our readers began to wonder how, if Read More...
Lean Operational Improvements That Last From Islands of Improvement to Enterprise-wide Excellence
Many discrete manufacturers have adopted lean manufacturing approaches, but haven’t pursued lean improvement methods. Even those that have report only small

lean consultants  discrete manufacturers have adopted lean manufacturing approaches, but haven’t pursued lean improvement methods. Even those that have report only small, local benefits. A holistic approach is needed to see the long-term benefits of lean. To find out if your company is ready to make lean improvements, you need to ask key questions. Discover what they are, and how to start down the path to leaner manufacturing. 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

lean consultants  Resource Planning Vendors Address Lean Manufacturing How Are Enterprise Resource Planning Vendors Addressing Lean Manufacturing? Given the current massive interest in lean manufacturing, the time has come for prominent enterprise systems providers to communicate their views and experience in lean manufacturing, and the range of solutions and tools that they offer to support organizations with a lean manufacturing philosophy. What follows are some notable examples of vendors that support many lean tools Read More...
Western Management Consultants
Western Management Consultants (WMC) was founded in 1975. The company@s focuses include strategic planning, executive search, and management development.

lean consultants  Management Consultants Western Management Consultants (WMC) was founded in 1975. The company’s focuses include strategic planning, executive search, and management development. Read More...
Best Practices in Aerospace Lean Manufacturing: The Migration to a Lean Enterprise
Tackling the transformation to lean production is high-priority in the aerospace industry. After all, lean manufacturing eliminates waste from essential

lean consultants  Practices in Aerospace Lean Manufacturing: The Migration to a Lean Enterprise Tackling the transformation to lean production is high-priority in the aerospace industry. After all, lean manufacturing eliminates waste from essential manufacturing processes and helps you measure up to your competitors. But how can you attain true lean transformation—and what specific steps does your company need to take? Take a self-rating test and see where your company really stands. Read More...
Bridging the Lean Performance Gap: How Manufacturers Can Achieve Real Lean and Real Results
The past year has taught executives everywhere that business will never again be “business as usual.” Manufacturers, in particular, must focus more than ever on

lean consultants  the Lean Performance Gap: How Manufacturers Can Achieve Real Lean and Real Results The past year has taught executives everywhere that business will never again be “business as usual.” Manufacturers, in particular, must focus more than ever on satisfying customers while removing waste and unnecessary costs from their organizations. And they need to do so faster and better than their competitors. This white paper highlights how companies are doing just that by relying on strategic lean Read More...
Getting Lean with Made2Manage Enterprise Software
In times of economic recession, many businesses take the opportunity to look inward and seek ways to streamline their operations. It’s no wonder that lean

lean consultants  Lean with Made2Manage Enterprise Software In times of economic recession, many businesses take the opportunity to look inward and seek ways to streamline their operations. It’s no wonder that lean manufacturing has been such a hot topic across the manufacturing industry. Lean manufacturing helps manufacturers work smarter and more efficiently, and has become a refined version of traditional just-in-time (JIT) and demand flow manufacturing concepts. Read More...

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