Lean Manufacturing

LeanCor

A motor manufacturer’s warehouse space and on-hand materials were growing exponentially as it received, processed, and stored material for potential future use. Additionally, right sizing of the inventory strategy allowed for anticipated production growth.

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How to Sustain a Lean Culture in Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Cerasis

Today I will discuss how a company can sustain a lean culture once they have implemented lean practices in order to achieve continuous improvement. Your company has started the lean journey, but how do you sustain it? Lean Culture by Creating "Standard Work".

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When is Inventory Too “Lean”? Finding the Right Balance

ToolsGroup

I learned about “lean manufacturing” (or simply “lean”) back in the 1990s when I met James Womack and read his book “ The Machine that Changed the World ”. But we have also seen companies misinterpret the lean message when it comes to inventory.

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Lean Manufacturing

LeanCor

A Systems Approach to Inventory Management. Inventory Management. Lean principles focus on eliminating waste from business processes. Inventory is not isolated to raw materials and finished goods. Companies will carry inventory masquerading as service parts, repair items, administrative suppliers, automobile fleets, and a host of other types of assets that are managed by setting and maintaining certain levels. Inventory Management Processes.

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Lean Manufacturing: Is it Really Worth It? 16 Big Benefits Say, “Yes.”

Cerasis

Customer expectations of reliable quality and rapid delivery forces today’s manufacturers to either shorten cycle times or lose business. Lean systems have provided a formidable operating strategy for leaders determined to achieve and maintain optimal operational systems and customer satisfaction levels. There are multiple good models for lean manufacturing operations. Who Needs Lean Manufacturing? Holding areas are maintained for excess inventory.

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Lean Warehousing

LeanCor

Lean Warehousing – From Paradox to Operational Excellence. Before we start talking about Lean Warehousing, can you tell us a little bit about LeanCor Supply Chain Group? We want to help our customers succeed in their quest for lean and operational excellence.

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Understanding Lean and the 8 Wastes

The Logistics of Logistics

Understanding lean and the 8 wastes is important for all operations people including logistics and supply chain folks. The concept of lean (and the 8 wastes) originated in the manufacturing sector where it was first recognized that eliminating waste in the system led to much bigger profits. Henry Ford and his team at Ford Motor Company discovered lean along with the assembly line, even though they didn’t necessarily use the term lean. Excess Inventory.

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Lean Manufacturing Driven by Rapid Return on eKanban Technology Investment

synchrono

Lean Manufacturing relies heavily on trusted relationships with suppliers and pre-negotiated terms of engagement. An eKanban Pull-based inventory replenishment system monitors that each aspect of the service level agreement is being met by the supplier in real-time.

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9 Steps to Establish the Lean Supply Chain: A System of Interconnected & Interdependent Partners

Cerasis

Top management knows that lean can add value , but many still haven’t moved past the initial education stage into full-scale lean supply chain implementation. One reason may be that they haven’t made the paradigm shift as to how to implement lean. Consider Lean Accounting.

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Lean Six Sigma

LeanCor

What is Lean Six Sigma Logistics? Lean Six Sigma is the combination of two methodologies that complement one another when applied to logistics and supply chain management. Lean Six Sigma Logistics: Lean and the Logistician.

Lean versus EOQ? What’s best for your organization?

Kinaxis

In no time at all we were debating between lean versus EOQ. It doesn’t matter if you’re a technician working on the shop floor or an executive in the board room, if you’re in the business of manufacturing then this is a conversation you’ve had before. You’ve ‘gone lean’ but aren’t!

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Inventory Management in Manufacturing Environment

LeanCor

Firms today are beginning to understand more and more that high levels of inventory aren’t just detrimental to costs but also for hiding other potential issues. The beginning stage of inventory management doesn’t begin at the dock door rather it begins with the supplier.

Lean Transportation: Are you Using Lean Thinking for Transportation Management? If not, Why?

Cerasis

Lean is a new way of doing business. For shippers, culture and behavior have to change to apply Lean Transportation thinking. Lean thinking focuses on the elimination of all waste (where waste is defined as any non-value added process) and bringing value to the customer , beyond the customer’s expectations. The “Them (company leadership) versus Us (shop floor associates)” mentality also needs to change for Lean Transportation to " WE.

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Lean Principles and Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP)

Logility

Many companies have high hopes when they set out to establish a Lean operating environment. A growing body of knowledge and experience indicates that advanced Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) may be the key ingredient for Lean success.

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Warehouse Cost Reductions: 3 Understandings Driven By Inventory Management & Lean Principles

Cerasis

Today, I will now address how a focus on inventory will allow for warehouse cost reductions as well. A Focus on Inventory Control Begets Warehouse Cost Reductions. First, look at inventory as MONEY/CASH. Inventory cost is defined as the cost of holding goods in stock.

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Leaning Towards S&OP/ IBP

Logility

Many companies have high hopes when they set out to implement a Lean improvement program. A growing body of knowledge and experience indicates that Integrated Business Planning (IBP) may be the key ingredient for lean success.

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Applying Lean 6 Sigma Principles to the Supply Chain

Logility

Fifteen years ago, I worked for a company that embraced Lean 6 Sigma as a core operating fundamental. Just about every member of the management team was a Lean 6 Sigma Black Belt and many had attained a level of Master Black Belt.

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Top 10 2020 Manufacturing Trends

IQMS

Bottom Line: 2020 manufacturing trends are driven by manufacturers’ strong confidence in their ability to deliver high-quality products that earn repeat orders while delivering excellent customer experiences. Running Lean While Focusing On Keeping Margins Strong.

Lean Manufacturing Systems: How Mobility Empowers the New “Lean”

Cerasis

The use of lean manufacturing systems has become commonplace in modern manufacturing. Lean manufacturing refers to eliminating waste, reducing costs, and improving production with finite resources. This information is then available to the manufacturer's employees.

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FAQ: Is Demand-Driven Manufacturing the Same Thing as Lean?

synchrono

Many of our customers don’t start out looking to implement Demand-Driven Manufacturing per se. Often, they’re focused on Lean Manufacturing or at least some element of it. Another term commonly used for Demand-Driven Manufacturing is pull-based or demand-pull manufacturing.

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Seven Misconceptions on Managing Inventory in a Market-Driven World

Supply Chain Shaman

When it comes to the management of inventory in value chains, frustration abounds. Executive, after executive, lament, “They have purchased many technologies and sponsored many projects to reduce inventories, but they are not seeing results.”

Manufacturing ERP Plays a Key Role for Sustainability

QAD

While consumer products manufacturers previously led the way for sustainable manufacturing practices, a growing number of manufacturers in other sectors are treating sustainability as an important operational objective to increase global competitiveness.

Applying Lean Principles to Supply Chain Planning

Logility

Today, Lean is a concept, a philosophy, a practice, and a set of tools all wrapped in one. The focus of Lean is to maximize quality, minimize unnecessary steps and optimize customer value (provide them what they want when they want it).

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Supply Chain Shifts From Lean Model

AB&R

With the supply chain’s lean model, many retailers were not able to respond to the sudden changes in demand. The study also predicts more demand as a result of shifting manufacturing locations to on-shore or near-shore. The last few months have put the supply chain to the test.

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Introducing Lean In Retail … Start in the Backroom!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Check out 10 Signs You Should Reboot Your Lean Program! I decided that I would introduce Lean process improvement techniques to this company. I came from a Manufacturing, Operations and Supply Chain background so I spent a career surrounded by the application of Lean methodologies.

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Take a Lean Approach to Digital Manufacturing to Double Productivity

DELMIA Quintiq

Although the fundamentals have been around for a while now, Digital Manufacturing has matured through this life cycle at a pace I have never seen before. From this perspective, it is easy to see why digital manufacturing has been adopted at such a rapid pace.

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Just-in-time Manufacturing – A Manufacturer’s Guide to Effective Inventory Management

ThroughPut

What is Just-in-time Manufacturing? Just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing is described as a production model in which products and services are produced to meet specific demand and not necessarily created in surplus, in deficit, or in advance of actual need. The JIT Manufacturing Checklist.

Just-in-time Manufacturing ? A Manufacturer?s Guide to Effective Inventory Management

ThroughPut

What is Just-in-time Manufacturing? Just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing is described as a production model in which products and services are produced to meet specific demand and not necessarily created in surplus, in deficit, or in advance of actual need. The JIT Manufacturing Checklist.

4 Supply Chain Areas to Examine in the Face of Disruption

QAD

Increasingly, we see manufacturers placing less emphasis on cost savings and more importance on supply chain adaptability, risk management and speed. The following are four key areas that can help manufacturers mitigate supply chain risks and build adaptability for future shocks. .

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Metrics that Matter: Inventory Effectiveness

QAD

The effective use of a manufacturer’s inventory investment is an important determinant of the company’s success. Excess and obsolete inventory is a drain on resources, as is excessive safety stock. Managing an Inventory Investment.

Multi-echelon Inventory Optimization and Lean/Six Sigma

Supply Chain Action Blog

How Lean Thinking Helps. Lean principles are applied to drive out waste. One of the most predominant lean tools used for identifying waste is Value Stream Mapping which helps identify eight wastes, including overproduction, waiting, over-processing, unnecessary inventory, handling and transportation, defects, and underutilized talent. In inventory management, this often happens through a reduction of lead times and lot sizes.

Multi-echelon Inventory Optimization and Lean/Six Sigma

Supply Chain Action Blog

How Lean Thinking Helps. Lean principles are applied to drive out waste through a reduction of lead times, lot sizes, and activity that does not increase the value of the whole. Lean principles have been encapsulated by the five S’s, taken from the transliteration of five Japanese words, which, in turn, have been translated into English counterparts. Seiri (Sort) – sorting, i.e., proper arrangement of all items, storage, equipment, tools, inventory and traffic.

Lean Continuous Improvement – Key Drivers for Continuous Improvement

ThroughPut

Lean” is considered to be a philosophy of continuous improvement. What is Lean Continuous Improvement? Lean Continuous Improvement is defined as a method for identifying opportunities for streamlining work, reducing waste, and increasing productivity.

Lean Supply Chain: The Culture That Must Be Fully Embraced

LeanCor

By: David Sherman – Lean Logistics Specialist. By maintaining lean practices and instilling lean cultures into their employees and work environment firms are able to realize this success. These lean practices and cultures lead to firms transforming their habits based on customer demand rather than by supplier constraints. What is the lean supply chain? There are three key principles to understand and utilize throughout the lean supply chain processes.

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Inventory Optimization 101 – Smart & Effective Inventory Management

ThroughPut

What is Inventory Optimization? It includes the practice of having the right levels of inventory to meet your target service levels while keeping a minimum amount of capital locked for inventory. Inventory optimization can help overcome these errors to a large extent.