Going Digital for Manufacturing

DELMIA Quintiq

However if your company needs to reduce manufacturing lead times, streamline inventories, boost efficiency, make the right promises to your customers, and all of this at the same time, you need to challenge this status quo. “I do not need a Production Scheduling solution!”.

How to Sustain a Lean Culture in Manufacturing & Supply Chain

GlobalTranz

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? Let's first talk about first setting the stage, then give you practical practices and tactics to achieve a sustainable lean culture, and then provide core key performance indicators (KPIs) to track your progress. Lean Culture by Creating "Standard Work".

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

GlobalTranz

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 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. Relative to our topic today, Lean Warehousing, is it a big part of your operations? What we know for sure is that lean warehousing, just by the nature of the term itself, can be a paradox at best.

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Global Supply Chains — A Source of Strength

Enterra Insights

Quick delivery, lean operations and a widely distributed footprint have been the top priorities. 3] Following year-long discussions about supply chain resilience, the Economist reminds us, “Resilience comes not from autarky but from diverse sources of supply.”[4]

Sourcing Strategy: Effective vs Efficient with Ron Crabtree

The Logistics of Logistics

Sourcing Strategy: Effective vs Efficient with Ron Crabtree. Joe Lynch and Ron Crabtree discuss sourcing strategy: effective vs efficient. successes in Lean, business process improvement, change management, etc.) Key Takeaways – Sourcing Strategy: Effective vs Efficient.

A Look Into the Future of Manufacturing: Which Changes Will Be Permanent?

USC Consulting Group

For manufacturing, that meant slowdowns in production caused by various factors including delays in getting workers on and off the shop floor due to COVID-19 protocols, and socially distant spacing resulting in fewer people on the floor at one time. New sources in the supply chain.

How to Become a Lean, Green Manufacturing Machine

GlobalTranz

Lean and green are not only trendy topics, but they also make good business sense, especially for manufacturers. However, since both concepts have been saddled with a lot of hype, manufacturers have tended to shy away from pursuing these goals. Get Lean the Easy Way. In reality, one of the core tenets of the Toyota Production System on which lean manufacturing is based is “produce only what you need to satisfy the customer and nothing more.”.

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Can Better Planning Make Manufacturing Disruption-proof?

USC Consulting Group

The planning and forecasting process has always been a vital part of manufacturing, but now, after a roller coaster of a year, it’s becoming clear to many in the industry that this process needs to be bulletproof — and in many cases, it isn’t.

Lean, QRM and DDMRP: they’re all the same!

Supply Chain Movement

Not long ago, QRM was heralded as the new Lean, and now we are bombarded with DDMRP as the panacea for all our problems. Of course Lean, Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) and Theory of Constraints (TOC, the origin of DDMRP) also have fundamental differences. Lean for example advises you to balance your work cells based on takt time and eliminate stocks, while TOC accepts different capacities and promotes time buffers. The real source of our complexity.

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How to Become a Lean, Green Manufacturing Machine

GlobalTranz

Lean and green are not only trendy topics, but they also make good business sense, especially for manufacturers. However, since both concepts have been saddled with a lot of hype, manufacturers have tended to shy away from pursuing these goals. Get Lean the Easy Way. In reality, one of the core tenets of the Toyota Production System on which lean manufacturing is based is “produce only what you need to satisfy the customer and nothing more.”.

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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. Sources: [link].

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Building Lean Supply Chain: The Executive's Guide

Supply Chain Opz

Have you ever wondered how to implement a lean supply chain successfully? Then, he brings decades of experience and will show you how to make lean supply chain works. Background Lean concepts originated in the 1950’s in Japan, and developed and matured in Toyota factories over several decades. The Lean philosophy first reached the shores of the United States in the 1980’s with a few pioneering companies like John Deere and Harley Davidson, and then exploded into U.S.

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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 desire is to create flexible sourcing and connected supply chain networks that effectively respond to customers’ issues and expectations.

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4 Best Ways Manufacturers Can Perfect Their Supply Chain

USC Consulting Group

Leading the way — and defying the odds — are manufacturers. Yet with COVID-19 and product shortages still a reality, some manufacturers are wondering what they can do to improve their supply chain resiliency to prepare for present and future disruption. In a separate poll conducted by the ISM, purchasing managers at some of the largest manufacturing companies expressed ongoing unease about future shocks to their supply chain while they scramble to remedy current shortages.

The State of Supply Chain Trends Part II: AI, Procurement, & the New Lean

GlobalTranz

Agile = The New Lean. Another key player in the 2016 state of supply chain report was the move away from rigid, lean processes to agile methodologies. Ultimately, lean supply chain processes improved efficiency, but they limited the variability and adaptability within a company. The move to agile supply chain management inherently required more data sources than traditional supply chains, reports GT Nexus.

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

GlobalTranz

In order to avoid excess inventory and keep your business lean, you must understand the pace of movement of each product. Another great way to look at warehouse cost reductions is to follow what Ernst & Young calls the "End to End" Planning and Fulfillment Network , which goes in line with the next section, Lean Principles. . Source: [link]. Understand Lean Principles and How to Use them to Cut Out "Waste". Top Management must commit and focus on Lean.

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Reshoring Or Not, What is Manufacturing? 4 Questions to Ponder with Real American Manufacturers

GlobalTranz

Editor's Note: This is a two part series featuring Chuck Intrieri, who along with providing excellent insights over at his industry leading The Lean Supply Chain blog, is also a consultant who works with companies for Cost Reduction, Supply Chain Optimization, Logistics, Manufacturing, and 3PL Selection. We recommend you get in touch with him if you'd like an expert to guide you to the next level in your manufacturing business. . What is Manufacturing?

Common issues and challenges facing manufacturers in 2021

USC Consulting Group

We can all agree that 2020 was quite the tumultuous year for manufacturing, and for most every other industry out there. We’ve all had to pivot on a dime to accommodate COVID-19 workplace protocols and procedures, and that one change alone hit manufacturing especially hard.

Manufacturing in the Age of Uncertainty

QAD

But what if every pizza shop in America all of a sudden asked a single pizza oven manufacturer to build and ship an extra oven per shop? How does a manufacturer organize operations to meet unexpected demand shifts without creating inefficiency for the rest of the year? Historically, inventory has buffered the peaks and troughs of supply and demand so that manufacturers could produce at a steady rate. Today’s manufacturers are running more lean than ever.

4 Key Trends to Watch in Smart Manufacturing and Supply Chain

GlobalTranz

The advancements in 3D printing and 'Additive Manufacturing,' coupled with supply chain efficiencies, could make distributed manufacturing a reality, ushering in the era of smart manufacturing. The Continual Coverage and Now Reality of Smart Manufacturing with 3D Printing. I remember reading an MIT paper on manufacturing technology trends a couple of years ago. It had a fascinating mention of " Additive Manufacturing " (AM) and how it could be a game changer.

The Ins and Outs of Manufacturing Around the Holidays

USC Consulting Group

But as buyers bolt to malls to take advantage of last-minute deals and purchase gifts online, manufacturers here and abroad are navigating a holiday rush all their own. During peak season, businesses in the manufacturing space – especially those that serve brick-and-mortar and online retailers – pour all available resources into ambitious shop-floor initiatives centered on facilitating optimal output and service delivery.

6 Manufacturing Trends to Watch Out for in 2016

GlobalTranz

As we close the year of 2015, we want to take a look at some manufacturing trends for 2016. We look at 6 core areas that manufacturing companies will take a long look at as they gear up for a successful 2016. E-Commerce for Manufacturing. The Internet’s large-scale global penetration has spawned an increasingly large number of technology and web-savvy consumers, creating a huge opportunity for both industrial manufacturers and their end customers.

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Technology + Human Touch = Digital Supply Chain Excellence

Gravity Supply Chain

There’s no need to do the maths; we’ve got the answer for you! The post Technology + Human Touch = Digital Supply Chain Excellence appeared first on Gravity Supply Chain.

Lean Supply Chain Management

The Lean Supply Chain

Introduction Lean supply chain management is not exclusively for those companies who manufacture products, but by businesses who want to streamline their processes by eliminating waste and non-value added activities. The companies that practice lean supply chain management reduce their procurement function so that each vendor has one point of contact, one contract and offers one price for all locations. Lean Manufacturing. Source : [link].

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Keeping Sustainability at the Forefront of Packaging Manufacturing

QAD

No manufacturer would be blamed if they put operational sustainability plans on the back burner during the current environment. Yet it seems sustainability will surely survive this moment, which means manufacturers must stay vigilant. .

The Future of Energy for Manufacturing!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Today manufacturers must continually look for waste reduction, process improvement and supply chain efficiency to meet competitive pressures and their customers’ cost reduction requirements. Programs such as Lean have become a popular means to develop a culture of simplification and constant improvement. Although Lean principles provide an excellent basis for managing energy costs, such costs are often left out of an efficiency drive… Why is that? Subscribe Here!

Trimming the Fat: Creating a Lean Supply Chain

RFgen

Check out these lean managment strategies for the supply chain. Most sources trace the origin of the phrase “lean, mean fighting machine” to Army basic training camps, but that same motto can apply to the supply chain as well. To Go Lean, Start Lean.

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Parts Are Not Parts

Supply Chain Shaman

A slight change within a function–in sourcing or manufacturing, or along the chain–can greatly impact the outcomes of cost, customer service, or working capital. Today’s supply chain—with greater outsourcing, global manufacturing, and complex bill of materials–requires synchronization of the links. Let’s take a closer look at sourcing. When a manufacturing operation is small, MRP data is easily viewed.

The Magic Bullet for Real-Time Supply Chain Collaboration? Cloud Visibility.

synchrono

Jessica Twentyman reported in the Financial Times , that for many manufacturers, supply chain collaboration is stuck in the dark ages. Worse still, much of the data that could give manufacturers a complete, end-to-end view of their supply chain already resides within the systems of these partners; as much as 80 percent of it, according to some industry estimates. Frustrated manufacturers report having no idea they were down to the last box of parts.

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10 Most Influential Lean Books for All Lean Enterprise

Supply Chain Opz

Are you looking for lean books that help you create sustainable change? In this article, we will show you 10 best lean books every lean enterprise should read. Background According to a short survey we conducted, we found that the best "classic" lean book is The Machine That Changed the World: The Story of Lean Production by James P. Then, we believe this book is the most appropriate resource that everyone can lean more about the overall lean concept.

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Lean Defined: What is Waste? (In Logistics)

LeanCor

Lean Defined: What is Waste? (In The first step in lean thinking is to understand what is value and what activities and resources are necessary to create that value (“value-add”). ” Lean practitioners use the Japanese term “ muda ” when referring to waste, although they have typically done so in a manufacturing context. Written by Derek Browning, Lean Deployment Executive at LeanCor. Image via Wikipedia.

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Sales, Inventory & Operations Planning – What It Is and How to Operate

USC Consulting Group

The plans take into account projections made by the sales and marketing departments, the resources available from manufacturing, engineering, purchasing, and finance, and are directed toward hitting the company’s objectives.

5 Quality Metrics Predicting The Future Of Manufacturing

IQMS

Bottom Line: Manufacturers are reaching a new level of results in 2018 because they have clearer, more actionable insights based on real-time manufacturing and quality metrics than ever before. Quality Metrics Enable Customer-Driven Manufacturing Networks. The future of manufacturing is being written today across the millions of shop floors which have chosen to excel at analytics, metrics and Manufacturing Intelligence. Sources: Agus, A., & Mohd, S.

Supply Chain Management: How Businesses Can Increase Resilience and Mitigate Disruption

USC Consulting Group

As noted by Forbes , clothing manufacturers began mass producing medical masks and protective clothing. Ken Glasser, a global sourcing contracts manager at Axcelis Technologies, told Supply Chain Dive that dual sourcing has made supply chain disruptions easier to manage.