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The Next R(E)volution of Lean
By seeing a business as a

lean initiative and pull thinking  how people start a Lean initiative is critical to the success of the first Lean project. If the first project isn't successful, there is a good chance that there won't even be a second effort, and the first project won't be successful if there is no measurable impact to the bottom line or to strategic objectives. Unfortunately, most Lean efforts begin with a tactical approach, rather than a strategic one. This is a key factor in the high percentage of failed Lean programs. Ironically, a tactical approach Read More...
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Begin at the End: A Good Lean Strategy Starts with Defining Your Ultimate Goal
You know the statistics—lean can shorten your lead times, reduce inventories, cut operating costs, free up resources, and more. But countless surveys have

lean initiative and pull thinking  starting point for a lean initiative in US manufacturing companies. Kaizen is the Japanese word for continuous improvement. This approach involves empowering work teams to rapidly (hence, the word blitz) improve specific problems within their areas of responsibility. On the surface, this seems like a very good idea, and it can generate immediate and measurable benefits. The use of kaizens, especially if championed by management, finally proves to the workforce that the company is interested in listening Read More...
TEC Lean and Green Manufacturing Buyer’s Guide
While the need for sustainable development is affecting how organizations do business, the idea of environmental and corporate responsibility as value drivers

lean initiative and pull thinking  But the truth is, lean is only a small part of the green initiative (see figure 1). How is green really measured? Is there one process, tool, or system that can do this, or is it a combination of the above? Before we can assess this, we need to know what to measure. Remember, what gets measured gets managed. Green Metrics: The Lean Assessment Tool As a manufacturer, being green is no easy feat. The reason: the concept of green is not so black and white in fact it's very gray. We know that lean is all Read More...
Five Ways to Positively Impact Customer Retention and Business Operations
Maintaining strong business performance and retaining loyal customers requires continual vigilance and assessment. Establishing metrics that focus on value

lean initiative and pull thinking  agile extended supply-chain partners. Lean and green While product innovation, time to market, and quality improvement have long been a visible concern of manufacturers, managing equipment assets has not typically been at the forefront of the manufacturing agenda. However, with the rising costs of fuel and energy, asset management should be the next step in addressing business performance and customer retention. Manufacturers have always had an eye on the usage of equipment and facilities since proper Read More...
10 Tips to Optimize Your ERP Initiative
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is notoriously complex. Horror stories abound about failed installations, unresponsive vendors, and wasted investments. But

lean initiative and pull thinking  Tips to Optimize Your ERP Initiative Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is notoriously complex. Horror stories abound about failed installations, unresponsive vendors, and wasted investments. But as daunting as ERP can be, many organizations can’t operate without it. Working closely with your vendor to configure a solution, choosing the right delivery model, and following this list of 10 tips can help you optimize your ERP initiative. Find out more. Read More...
Lean Manufacturer: TigerStop
Based in Vancouver, Washington (US), TigerStop LLC is the global leader in stop/gauge and pusher systems designed to improve the efficiency of manufacturing

lean initiative and pull thinking  Manufacturer: TigerStop Based in Vancouver, Washington (US), TigerStop LLC is the global leader in stop/gauge and pusher systems designed to improve the efficiency of manufacturing processes in the plastics, woodworking, and metal industries. Having experienced business-jeopardizing technical issues with the company’s initial customer relationship management (CRM) system, TigerStop went to the market in search of a viable CRM system. Read More...
The Transformation of the Lean Enterprise
Over the past 30–40 years, manufacturers have made dramatic leaps in improving their businesses by using lean manufacturing and Six Sigma techniques. The

lean initiative and pull thinking  Transformation of the Lean Enterprise Over the past 30–40 years, manufacturers have made dramatic leaps in improving their businesses by using lean manufacturing and Six Sigma techniques. The systems these businesses use, however, have changed relatively little in comparison. The ERP systems manufacturing companies rely on to run their business are greatly at odds with the strategy and processes lean manufacturers use to maintain their competitive advantage. Read More...
Building an ROI Model to Evaluate Your B2B E-commerce Initiative
B2B companies everywhere are under heavy pressure to offer their customers and employees robust e-commerce capabilities that rival best-of-breed consumer

lean initiative and pull thinking  an ROI Model to Evaluate Your B2B E-commerce Initiative B2B companies everywhere are under heavy pressure to offer their customers and employees robust e-commerce capabilities that rival best-of-breed consumer-focused companies. B2B companies that fall short of customer expectations risk losing them to competitors who have stepped up their game. This paper provides a framework for building an ROI model that can be used to demonstrate the advantages of a new e-commerce implementation to senior Read More...
8 CRM Essentials: An Executive Guide to the Must-have Elements of Every Successful CRM Initiative
It’s no secret that winning and retaining customers is the key to growth and success. But that’s no small feat, with ever-increasing customer demands, as well

lean initiative and pull thinking  populate your CRM system. Clean. Once you have the data in your CRM system, you need to continually weed out bad data by removing duplicates, synchronizing changing data, and updating information. You should have the flexibility to leverage data cleansing applications that tie in with your CRM. Augment. Merely cleansing your data is not enough. Maintaining high data quality also means filling in the blanks. For example, some of your account records may be missing company information such as revenue, 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 initiative and pull thinking  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...
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 initiative and pull thinking  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...
Adaptive Manufacturing: Enabling the Lean Six Sigma Enterprise
Enabling lean manufacturing and six sigma principles to improve operations requires a nontraditional approach. The old idea that lean manufacturing and six

lean initiative and pull thinking  Manufacturing: Enabling the Lean Six Sigma Enterprise Enabling lean manufacturing and six sigma principles to improve operations requires a nontraditional approach. The old idea that lean manufacturing and six sigma principles don’t require IT isn’t valid anymore. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management (SCM) applications are critical for enabling holistic, lean manufacturing operations, and work hand-in-hand to better enable consumption—not forecasts—to drive Read More...
PLM (Vendors) and Lean Product Development -- Part 2: Dassault Systèmes
Part 1 of this blog post series discussed in general the relationship between product lifecycle management (PLM) and lean product development (LPD), and pointed

lean initiative and pull thinking  (Vendors) and Lean Product Development -- Part 2: Dassault Systèmes Part 1 of this blog post series discussed in general the relationship between product lifecycle management (PLM) and lean product development (LPD), and pointed out that various PLM vendors may have different interpretations of PLM functionality, as well as different levels of support for users’ LPD initiatives. In this and a few future blog posts, I will choose some PLM vendors and talk about the relationship between each vendor’s Read More...
SYSPRO USA Unveils 4-Part Brain Trust Initiative to Drive U.S. Manufacturing
SYSPRO has long been recognized in the small to medium business (SMB) manufacturing and distribution industry for its tight focus on providing a superior

lean initiative and pull thinking  USA Unveils 4-Part Brain Trust Initiative to Drive U.S. Manufacturing SYSPRO has long been recognized in the small to medium business (SMB) manufacturing and distribution industry for its tight focus on providing a superior customer experience connected to its enterprise resource planning (ERP) deployments and nurturing relationships towards customers and partners. This recognition has been vetted in terms of the vendor’s executive outreach both directly and through channel partners, as well as on 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

lean initiative and pull thinking  office Lean-Taking Lean Manufacturing Beyond the Shop Floor Originally published - June 25, 2007 It would be hard to find a successful manufacturer anywhere in the world that is not using some elements of lean manufacturing to streamline its operation. Some companies have formal lean programs, employing individuals with black belts in Six Sigma (a system of practices for measuring defects and improving quality, and a methodology to reduce defect levels, with Black Belts being the professionals who Read More...

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