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3 Key Areas to Reduce Costs with Lean Techniques
Continuous process improvement is more critical than ever for manufacturers to become lean. One key area of focus is on the flow of product from supplier to

lean techniques  to Reduce Costs with Lean Techniques Continuous process improvement is more critical than ever for manufacturers to become lean. One key area of focus is on the flow of product from supplier to customer. Naturally, any process that impedes the smooth flow of product is a source of additional cost to the company. Download this white paper now and learn about 3 key areas to reduce costs and improve product flow from quote to cash.

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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 benefits of real time information and reduced inventory, companies must assess their production environment and supply chain activities.

lean techniques  benefits of extending the lean methodologies and techniques throughout an interdependent supply chain network could be multiplicative, relative to the benefits derived from a single enterprise deploying the same tools solely at the shop floor level. While current empirical evidence is lacking, the research community expects objective and quantifiable data to support this hypothesis in the next few years as more deployments across supply chain networks become a reality. Meeting the requirements of 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 successful, manufacturers must look toward adopting a lean mentality. While lean techniques are more easily applied to some manufacturing styles than others, new software tools are now able to deliver the benefits of lean to both high-mix and low-volume operations.

lean techniques  suppliers and trading partners. Lean techniques are more easily applied to some manufacturing styles than others. In particular, lean has been more successful in high-volume, low-mix operations. However, new software tools are now delivering the benefits of lean to high-mix, low-volume operations as well. Today, Kinaxis is making lean manufacturing easier and faster to implement by providing organizations the tools to respond effectively to changing business conditions. By integrating customers, 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 bringing lean to their front-office operations. Here are a few tips on lean office operations.

lean techniques  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 can explain these philosophies and principles to companies), and other process control skills. Other manufacturers simply employ techniques on the shop floor ranging from kanban events, poka yoke, cellular workflows, motion studies, and tightened inventory 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. But in a landscape of similar products, cutting down on defection—or churn—is vital. There are in fact four steps to improving loyalty and retention which, if focused on the appropriate customers, will improve profitability.

lean techniques  all industries are adopting Lean techniques in manufacturing plants and Lean strategies in executive suites around the globe. While 66% of IM&C (industrial machinery and components) companies are relatively new adopters of Lean, with initiatives less than three years old, those companies with a best in class approach to Lean deployment are already reaping the benefits. While many IM&C companies have already secured top management approval for Lean, the companies who identify and measure critical Read More

Technology and the Lean Enterprise: Building an Infrastructure That Drives the Highest Value to the Customer


Across the industrial machinery and components industry, successful lean initiatives are increasing as manufacturers recognize the key enabler of continuous improvement and eliminating waste—technology. This white paper presents six brief case studies of manufacturing companies that have built an underlying technology infrastructure to support a foundation for increasing their value to their customers.

lean techniques  and the Lean Enterprise: Building an Infrastructure That Drives the Highest Value to the Customer Across the industrial machinery and components industry, successful lean initiatives are increasing as manufacturers recognize the key enabler of continuous improvement and eliminating waste—technology. This white paper presents six brief case studies of manufacturing companies that have built an underlying technology infrastructure to support a foundation for increasing their value to their Read More

APICS 2009 Webcast Session 3: Lean for Materials Managers


In the forthcoming 2009 APICS International Conference and Expo, many educational tracks will be covered by industry leaders, and lean is one of them. Since we are in a global economic crisis where every manufacturer, supplier, and producer is trying to reduce cost and minimize waste while increasing production or throughput, I am particularly interested in the “lean” educational track to hear

lean techniques  2009 Webcast Session 3: Lean for Materials Managers In the forthcoming 2009 APICS International Conference and Expo, many educational tracks will be covered by industry leaders, and lean is one of them. Since we are in a global economic crisis where every manufacturer, supplier, and producer is trying to reduce cost and minimize waste while increasing production or throughput, I am particularly interested in the “lean” educational track to hear what the experts are saying. Recently, I had the Read More

LEAN OPINION POLL: Are Lean Concepts and ERP Systems Still Antagonists?


It’s been many years since this question of compatibility between lean practices and enterprise resource planning (ERP) was rigorously discussed and brought many controversial and opposite opinions to the table. Can these two work well together, or do they have no place in each other’s space? It seems like even after all this time—and discussion—the jury is still out the final verdict. The answer

lean techniques  OPINION POLL: Are Lean Concepts and ERP Systems Still Antagonists? It’s been many years since this question of compatibility between lean practices and enterprise resource planning (ERP) was rigorously discussed and brought many controversial and opposite opinions to the table. Can these two work well together, or do they have no place in each other’s space? It seems like even after all this time—and discussion—the jury is still out the final verdict. The answer is not a simple “yes” or 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 prioritization analyses of assets, can help a company achieve lean success.

lean techniques  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

Advanced Front Office Lean with Business Modeler Software


When part of an enterprise software environment, business modeler software can reduce training costs, prevent errors, and minimize non-value added work. And if properly integrated, it can be both a tool for senior management and for hands-on system users.

lean techniques  Front Office Lean with Business Modeler Software Originally published - June 25, 2007 Lean disciplines may have originated on the shop floor; but, they can also be applied in the front office and this is where the next frontier of productivity gains will take place. Growth in outsourcing and the shortening of product life cycles mean that more and more value is added to a product in the front office. Engineer-to-order and project-centric businesses, in particular, are vulnerable to efficiency drain 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 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.

lean techniques  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

Are You on the Right Track to Lean - or Getting Left behind?


Find out in the aberdeen white paper the impact of lean on consumer product manufacturers.

lean techniques  the Right Track to Lean - or Getting Left behind? While consumer goods manufacturers have been slow to go lean, the industry is finally catching up: 52 percent of consumer goods companies are committed to reducing manufacturing and supply chain costs and 48 percent are setting goals to implement continuous improvement programs . So where does your company stand when it comes to lean? Are you on the right track—or are you getting left behind? Find out in the Aberdeen white paper The Impact of Lean on Read More

10 Ways to Use ERP to Lean the Manufacturing Supply Chain


A lean supply chain is more than just those activities relating directly to supply chain management (SCM). Lean supply chain improvements require a commitment to finding the correct mix of efficiency and responsiveness. But the reward is great for manufacturers that do embark on the path to lean. Using the right enterprise resource planning (ERP) software can be your key to reaping the benefits of lean SCM. Learn how.

lean techniques  to Use ERP to Lean the Manufacturing Supply Chain A lean supply chain is more than just those activities relating directly to supply chain management (SCM). Lean supply chain improvements require a commitment to finding the correct mix of efficiency and responsiveness. But the reward is great for manufacturers that do embark on the path to lean. Using the right enterprise resource planning (ERP) software can be your key to reaping the benefits of lean SCM. Learn how. Read More

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 are a few relatively simple steps that will help any enterprise make its supply chain lean. In this article, we will touch on these simple measures—measures that any company can take.

lean techniques  the Manufacturing Supply Chain Lean Originally published - March 9, 2009 Lean in a supply chain context is about a holistic view of procurement, manufacturing distribution, and sales order processing. This means that some level of enterprise technology is necessary to view the organization in an integrated context instead of as functional islands. However, before technology can facilitate the lean supply chain, manufacturing executives need to start thinking in lean supply chain terms. We will be 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 information and flexibility; place value on performance gaps and create matrixes of tools and applications to prioritize issues.

lean techniques  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