We’ve all heard the term “lean manufacturing.” Some have ventured down the road already while others are making plans to implement. For those of you trying to figure out where to start, you’re in a good place to ensure lean is started the right way for maximum effectiveness. Automation is a great boon to lean manufacturing, but it can also result in massive waste if not properly addressed from the beginning.
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Debuted in 1913 by Henry Ford and improved on by a team at Toyota in the 1930s, lean practice has made a big impact on the automotive world by minimizing waste, teaching companies to create more value with fewer resources.
It’s not just car manufacturing that can benefit from lean, though. Lean’s focus on continuous improvement and doing more with less resonates with every facet of business, from logistics to retail, construction to government, and yes, especially manufacturing.
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How to Plan for Lean Manufacturing Success
Welcome back to our series on demand-driven manufacturing. In our first article, we looked at how lean manufacturing principles, applied to demand-driven manufacturing, along with the right software help companies identify winning strategies to trim losses and improve productivity. In this article, we’ll take a look at “demand-driven planning”, an important part of demand-driven manufacturing.
Fundamentals for Successful Demand-Driven Fulfillment
The concept of lean manufacturing principles, which systematically eliminate waste without sacrificing productivity, are especially important in a demand-driven manufacturing environment.
In this article, the first of a multi-part series, we will look at how demand-driven manufacturing and lean manufacturing principles go hand-in-hand. In our next article, we’ll look at demand-driven manufacturing planning, another important concept in the new environment of demand-driven production and processes.
Most manufacturing companies understand that in order to win new customers and increase sales, you have to compete on lead times, delivery and price. This can be a difficult task when paired with the regular chaos that comes with unexpected occurrences such as customer emergencies, machine breakdowns and inventory delays. In order to efficiently manage these unexpected occurrences and stay on target with production, manufacturing companies need to implement a visual manufacturing ERP solution designed with manufacturing in mind.
As the market continues to become more competitive, many manufacturing companies are struggling to reduce their operational costs. This finding is startling in light of today’s market. If companies are not consistently improving performance and are failing to reduce operational costs by the ideal 5-7%, they are in danger of closing.