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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

lean factory  as you can make, lean manufacturing produces what your customer wants with much shorter lead times. Instead of pushing product through the factory and on to market, it's pulled through a system set up to respond quickly to actual customer demand. Lean organizations are capable of producing high-quality products economically, in lower volumes, and bringing them to market faster than mass producers. A lean organization can make twice as much product with twice the quality, at half the cost, with half the Read More...
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Bring Your Manufacturing out of the Dark: The Route to a Factory Information System
Today’s manufacturing environment requires a relentless drive for cost reduction and efficiency gains. Initiatives like lean and six sigma can bring sustainable

lean factory  efficiency gains. Initiatives like lean and six sigma can bring sustainable improvements. To make these initiatives work, you need to base operational decisions on data rather than intuition and experience. But is your data always available and accurate? Find out how a factory information system can help bring your data out of hiding. Read More...
Manual versus Information Technology Enabled Lean Manufacturing
All good lean systems have both physical systems in the plant and near real time information technology backbones that centralize data. The primary advantage of

lean factory  ). Namely, while the lean factory may use kanban pull signals to move product more efficiently through the manufacturing process and out of the door, it is missing the feedback loop from the factory to other functional departments within the organization or to the entire supply chain. That information is primarily transmitted and received via enterprise systems. How Can IT Support Lean Manufacturing? So, how can IT support lean manufacturing? For one, while complex packaged enterprise (ERP, SCM, etc.) Read More...
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

lean factory  complex environment. However, where lean planning focuses on the flow and the takt of the flow through the factory, TOC optimizes the flow through the factory by focusing on planning the takt of the flow through the bottleneck. TOC is also consistent with lean manufacturing in that both kanban , which is a part of the just-in-time (JIT) philosophy, and drum-buffer-rope (DBR), which is a part of the TOC philosophy, represent synchronized and pull signal production control approaches. For an exhaustive Read More...
The Next R(E)volution of Lean
By seeing a business as a

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Sustainable Lean Six Sigma Transformation through Cordys
Business process management (BPM) and process improvement support the management and continuous improvement of business processes, both cross-departmental and

lean factory  Lean Six Sigma Transformation through Cordys Business process management (BPM) and process improvement support the management and continuous improvement of business processes, both cross-departmental and enterprise-wide. How can you empower the transformation to lean and manage business operations in the various stages of its transformation, and manage the transition to lean? Learn about a BPM solution that employs lean Six Sigma for faster process improvements. Read More...
PLM (Vendors) and Lean Product Development-Part 4: PTC
If you have followed my previous posts of this blog series (Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3), I guess you may have an idea about who will be the third vendor I’m

lean factory  (Vendors) and Lean Product Development-Part 4: PTC If you have followed my previous posts of this blog series ( Part 1 , Part 2 , and Part 3 ), I guess you may have an idea about who will be the third vendor I’m going to discuss concerning the relevance between its product lifecycle management (PLM) offerings and the lean product development (LPD) concept. Yes, it is PTC . Like Dassault Systèmes and Siemens PLM Software , PTC is also located in the CAD-PLM camp (read this article if you want to know Read More...
Ten Ways Robots Enhance Lean Manufacturing Environments
Traditionally, robots have not played a prominent role in the implementation of lean strategies. However, due to their repeatability, speed, accuracy, and

lean factory  Ways Robots Enhance Lean Manufacturing Environments Traditionally, robots have not played a prominent role in the implementation of lean strategies. However, due to their repeatability, speed, accuracy, and flexibility, the role of robots in lean implementations is constantly increasing. Automation equipment, which includes robots, is rapidly becoming a core component to lean manufacturing and the reduction of manufacturing costs. Download this white paper to learn more about the 10 ways large and 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 factory  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...
Case Study: Leading Automotive Supplier Accelerates Lean Operations with EnterpriseIQ
In the competitive auto industry, Nissen Chemitec America knows the need for lean manufacturing. Its legacy enterprise resource planning (ERP) system was

lean factory  Leading Automotive Supplier Accelerates Lean Operations with EnterpriseIQ In the competitive auto industry, Nissen Chemitec America knows the need for lean manufacturing. Its legacy enterprise resource planning (ERP) system was preventing the company from adopting lean principles, and so in 2003 it looked for an ERP tailored for contract manufacturers serving the auto industry. Learn how the new system helps the company stay lean within the confines of compliance and changing customer demands. 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

lean factory  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...
Mobility in Wholesale and Distribution: A Way to Be Lean
Continuing with some of my observations on the TEC blog regarding the adoption of mobile technologies among different industries, one developing niche in

lean factory  A Way to Be Lean Continuing with some of my observations on the TEC blog regarding the adoption of mobile technologies among different industries, one developing niche in mobility that is quite interesting to look at is wholesale and distribution—not just because of how much this market represents in monetary size but also because of the potential benefits mobility brings to an industry which heavily relies on collaboration and efficient logistics to work. Mobility, then, can dramatically change the Read More...
Lean Manufacturing: Part Two
Part One of the

lean factory  looked at manufacturing wastes, lean principles, and the benefits of lean manufacturing. Here, in Part Two, you'll be taken through the action stage of lean practices: implementing lean. Understand the 5S program toward implementing lean and begin laying the foundation of a discipline that is necessary for effective implementation of more complicated lean tools such as kanban. Read More...
Lean and World Class Manufacturing and the Information Technology Dilemma-The Loss of Corporate Consciousness
Companies relying on manual implementation and support for lean and world class methodologies risk losing corporate consciousness. Avoid the pitfalls of lost

lean factory  of Corporate Consciousness Introduction Lean and world class companies, and those that are actively on the journey toward a world class level of performance are generally admired and used as a benchmark. Yet, many of these companies, in their quest to get lean, have fallen victim to what we will call a loss of corporate consciousness , which results from manually implemented and supported lean and world class manufacturing methodologies. Is manually implemented and supported methodologies such a bad 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 factory  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...
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