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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 processes  handle on how its lean practices are impacting its operation. Fluctuations in those metrics can indicate that processes are not being followed, or that new processes need to be implemented to accommodate changes in the organization's business. While an enterprise application can be a vital part of a lean front-office solution, too often a company's systems come between it and the efficiencies that are necessary to streamline the operation. As a company plans to choose and implement an enterprise Read More...
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Nine Ways to Use ERP to Make the Manufacturing Supply Chain Lean
There are entire books and thorough training and certification processes devoted to lean supply chain practices. But within any manufacturing environment, there

lean processes  that before you can lean an organization, you have to have a good idea of what your current operations and processes really are. Then, once you know what you are doing, you can decide on process changes and then measure to what extent those changes have reduced non-value-added work. What became immediately apparent is that like most manufacturers, this company faced the same conflict between the need to be efficient in production and the need to be responsive to customers. The manufacturing department 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

lean processes  be executed by the lean processes there. Conclusion Lean is a philosophy not a tool. In order to be successful, a company must adopt this philosophy and then use the tools available to apply the philosophy. If you follow this path, the benefits can be significant and can start within a few months. Whether you are transitioning your existing operation to lean or building a new lean-based facility, Kinaxis can help you. Kinaxis provides adaptable enabling technology that accelerates the adoption of lean 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

lean processes  AberdeenGroup, March 2006 Technology-Enabling Lean Processes Although the Lean early adopters were not proponents of technology, circumstances have changed. The majority of manufacturers rely on a combination of corporate ERP and semi-automated Lean processes to support their business operating models. As these companies achieve solid ROI with Lean pilots and programs, operational knowledge should be captured electronically so that Lean processes can be (at least partially) replicated and scaled (up or 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 processes  technological developments. Creating a lean supply chain by streamlining business and production processes to significantly reduce cycle time, increase production yields and quality levels, decrease inventories, minimize waste, lower costs, and increase customer satisfaction are the potential rewards. This is Part One of a two part-note. Lean Beyond Manufacturing Lean concepts transcend manufacturing operations to the extended supply chain network. Organizationally, manufacturers have not traditionally Read More...
Best Practices and Processes for Improving the Business Value of IT
Understanding, measuring, and managing against return on investment of a company’s IT investment (ROIT) enables IT leaders to quantitatively frame their

lean processes  Practices and Processes for Improving the Business Value of IT Understanding, measuring, and managing against return on investment of a company’s IT investment (ROIT) enables IT leaders to quantitatively frame their contribution to the business and justify initiatives they seek to undertake. Read about concrete practices, processes, and recommendations to drive ROIT investment via key areas for improvement, the value of improvement, and guidelines for evaluating potential projects. Read More...
Lean Maintenance-Does It Impact Reliability? Lessons Learned and Best Practices
The main cause of lean maintenance failure is that companies fail to focus on asset reliability. The reliability approach to capacity, which includes risk

lean processes  Best Practices What is Lean Maintenance? Lean manufacturing, lean maintenance, and the whole lean concept have had many successes, but many companies have not achieved the results they expected. There are many reasons why lean maintenance fails, but the number one cause of failure is the lack of focus on reliability. To understand this, we must start by defining lean maintenance. Lean maintenance is a proactive maintenance operation employing planned and scheduled maintenance activities through total Read More...
Ultimus Case Study: Optimized Customer Fulfillment with Automated Processes
Bernstein AG, established in 1947 and headquartered in Porta Westfalica (Germany), builds and sells components and systems for industrial automation peripherals

lean processes  Case Study: Optimized Customer Fulfillment with Automated Processes Bernstein AG, established in 1947 and headquartered in Porta Westfalica (Germany), builds and sells components and systems for industrial automation peripherals. In 2002, it began the task of selecting and implementing a flexible, web-based business process management (BPM) system. One of the most important technical requirements was the universal integration of the BPM suite into its existing IT infrastructure. Read More...
Overall Equipment Effectiveness: Monitor and Improve the Effectiveness of Your Manufacturing Processes
Manufacturers looking to optimize production processes are turning to overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) measurement and analysis in order to reduce lost

lean processes  Equipment Effectiveness: Monitor and Improve the Effectiveness of Your Manufacturing Processes Manufacturers looking to optimize production processes are turning to overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) measurement and analysis in order to reduce lost production time and improve performance. OEE sheds light on the percentage of production time that is truly productive, using the latest advances in sophisticated measurement and analysis tools. Discover how OEE can help you increase efficiency and Read More...
From Lean Manufacturing to Lean Supply Chain: A Foundation for Change
As apparel and textile companies move to outsourcing production—relinquishing direct control in favor of a more cost-effective manufacturing model—a lean supply

lean processes  Lean Manufacturing to Lean Supply Chain: A Foundation for Change As apparel and textile companies move to outsourcing production—relinquishing direct control in favor of a more cost-effective manufacturing model—a lean supply chain may appear to be the next logical step for further implementing cost and operational improvement. Not so, however. You can’t have a lean supply chain without lean manufacturing. Regardless of whether you or your partners engage in production, lean manufacturing is the Read More...
LeadTime Technology (LTT) and Lean Operations
Production lines and distribution centers have optimum target levels for leanness, but reaching these levels can be difficult. By implementing LeadTime

lean processes  Technology (LTT) and Lean Operations Production lines and distribution centers have optimum target levels for leanness, but reaching these levels can be difficult. By implementing LeadTime Technology (LTT), manufacturers benefit from leaner inventories, greater customer service levels, and increased economic profit. Find out what the five most important points on LLT and lean operations are and how applying these tools can work to your advantage. Read More...
Delivering Efficiency: Business Processes, Automation, and Integration
Implementing IT solutions that fulfill all corporate requirements requires exhaustive research and analysis. But the reality is that most organizations have

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Why Are You Afraid of (Re) Defining Business Processes?
We all are—except consultants who praise the importance of business processes, but sometimes don’t practice what they preach. Business processes can be simply

lean processes  Are You Afraid of (Re) Defining Business Processes? We all are—except consultants who praise the importance of business processes, but sometimes don’t practice what they preach. Business processes can be simply good or bad habits that people follow mostly because it’s what they’ve always done rather than it being a way to work more efficiently. There are a few very good reasons that make people afraid of changing the way they do their business processes. Let’s take a look at some of them: 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

lean processes  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...

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