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? 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 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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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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Why 2021 Will Be A Breakout Year For Sustainable Manufacturing

IQMS

Bottom Line : In 2021 and beyond, customers are voting with their dollars for the manufacturers who excel at sustainable manufacturing and make a positive contribution to the environment, dominating B2B supply chains and B2C purchasing decisions.

How to Become a Lean, Green Manufacturing Machine

Cerasis

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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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.

How to Become a Lean, Green Manufacturing Machine

Cerasis

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

Cerasis

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?

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

Cerasis

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

Cerasis

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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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]. The post Supply Chain Shifts From Lean Model appeared first on AB&R. The last few months have put the supply chain to the test. We’ve seen strong points and weaker areas.

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4 Key Trends to Watch in Smart Manufacturing and Supply Chain

Cerasis

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.

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 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. The following are four key areas that can help manufacturers mitigate supply chain risks and build adaptability for future shocks. . Reevaluate Lean Inventory.

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6 Manufacturing Trends to Watch Out for in 2016

Cerasis

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.

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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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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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!

Technology + Human Touch = Digital Supply Chain Excellence

Gravity Supply Chain

Articles Gravity Technology humantouch digital supplychain digitize futureproof flexibility flexible transparency visibility sourcing procurement distribution fulfillment logistics retail manufacturing cost warehouses warehousing carriers lean agile platform data BigData silo silos ecosystem tools speed efficiencyThere’s no need to do the maths; we’ve got the answer for you!

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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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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.

Going Lean: Should You Replace Your ERP System?

synchrono

At some point in their Lean journey, nearly every manufacturer faces the same decision: Do you take the time to fix or replace your broken ERP systems or just keep working around them? If you’re even a modest-sized manufacturing enterprise, you’ve probably already sunk hundreds of thousands of dollars into your ERP system. The only difference is that many manufacturers never emerge from the Trough of Disillusionment. By Trey Jordan, Senior Software Consultant.

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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. Sales, Inventory & Operations Planning offers another key benefit to companies striving for the competitive edge: it enables them to operate Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP II) at its full potential.

What is the Best Lean Book?

Supply Chain Opz

We rank top lean manufacturing books based on lean tools, popularity, industry awards and endorsements from business leaders to find best lean books to read. Background Lean thinking concept has been adopted by companies of all sizes in virtually all industries. Today lean thinking concept is behind the innovation to create radically successful businesses around the world. Then, we check if each book on lean gets positive reviews or industry awards.

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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. “We’ve been able to maintain a good flow of materials from our sources in China throughout the pandemic,” Glasser explained.

5 Ways of Creating Resilient Supply Chains in Manufacturing

ThroughPut

They are more reliable, tune in well to volatilities and help build the necessary trust between the manufacturer and the final customer. A resilient supply chain has great visibility and the agility to shift sourcing, manufacturing and distribution activities around fairly rapidly.

5 Ways of Creating Resilient Supply Chains in Manufacturing

ThroughPut

They are more reliable, tune in well to volatilities and help build the necessary trust between the manufacturer and the final customer. A resilient supply chain has great visibility and the agility to shift sourcing, manufacturing and distribution activities around fairly rapidly.

ThroughPut Inc. Appoints World-Renowned Just-in-Time, Lean & Kaizen Expert Mr. Takao Sakai to Executive Advisory Board

ThroughPut

the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Supply Chain pioneer that enables companies to detect, prioritize and alleviate dynamic operational bottlenecks just-in-time today announced the appointment of global lean & Just-In-Time expert, Mr. Takao Sakai, to the Executive Advisory Board. and as the Founder of Lean X. Just-In-Time has become the global benchmark for manufacturing and supply chain efficiency. SOURCE ThroughPut Inc. NEWS PROVIDED BY ThroughPut Inc.

Lean Manufacturing White Paper - Supply Chain Digest

Supply Chain Digest

Lean Manufacturing/Supply Chai. Manufacturing Technology. Lean Logistics. Content Being Accessed: Lean Manufacturing White Paper: Strategies To Run a Lean Supply Chain. How principles of lean manufacturing transfer benefits to Operations. Supply Chain Digest is the industry’s premier interactive knowledge source, providing timely, relevant, in-context information. Search. or Search by TOPIC. Select Topic.

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10 Greatest Lean Books for The Ultimate 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 Lean concept is considered one of the most popular management practice that can be used anywhere from manufacturing to service environment, from automotive industry to retail industry. Since lean concept is practice oriented, it has been adopted very well by both practitioners and academics.

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