Posts tagged as 'Lean manufacturing'

Is Just-in-Time Out of Time?

JohnWesterveld

As if earthquakes, tsunamis and floods aren’t enough, now car companies need to deal with a worldwide shortage of PA-12, a special nylon used by almost all auto companies. According to Businessweek, PA-12 (polyamide resin) is a form of nylon that is used for plastic pipes, tubes and hoses to carry vapors, fuels and other […]

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SCM30: What Can We Learn From Supply Chain Management Mistakes?

RayKaraffa
  • by Ray Karaffa
  • Published

Welcome to the first blog post in the SCM30 series. Throughout 2012, Kinaxis will be exploring the past 30 years—as well as the future—of supply chain management. Though supply chain management concepts have been in practice since the turn of the last century, it is widely agreed that the term was created by Keith Oliver in […]

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Pull vs. push manufacturing: Have you been stuck with an umbrella on a sunny day?

MartinBuckley

Image via Wikipedia I came across the following blog post at The Manufacturing Blog that gives a plain English description of pull-model production methods – how to be lean and demand-driven. I particularly like Stephen’s analogy of push vs. pull manufacturing: By trying to guess potential demand, manufacturers often found themselves in the same situation […]

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Can you get too Lean?

TrevorMiles
  • by Trevor Miles
  • Published

Without a doubt, Lean Manufacturing has been a transformative idea that has its genesis in the Toyota Production System.  Many companies have been able to reduce inventories and reduce order-to-delivery times simultaneously.  There is nothing new in this statement. What is interesting is an article in Business Week discussing how Deere & Co is struggling […]

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Envisioning the new normal and other supply chain phenomena

TrevorMiles
  • by Trevor Miles
  • Published

I came across a great blog post by Atul Chandra Pandey from Infosys titled “Y2010 & Ahead – value chain trends in emerging economy” in which Atul emphasized the following trends in the first part of a 2-part series: Customer side equations will take prominence over rest of value chain Supply chains will get more […]

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Learn from Toyota…the good and the bad

JohnWesterveld

I’ve been thinking about this post for some time.    I’m a Toyota customer.  Our family has owned four Toyota Corolla’s over the past twenty years and we’ve always been very happy with them.  Our most recent purchase, a 2010 Corolla S, has been a great car for my daily 160 Km (100 mile) commute.  With […]

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New blood, fresh ideas in Pharma

TrevorMiles
  • by Trevor Miles
  • Published

I participated recently on a Future Pharmaceuticals podcast titled “Responding to Change and Cycle Time Reduction” with Walter Kittl (Siegfried-USA), Philippe Cini (IBM Global Services), and Zach Pitluk (Proveris Scientific) which was hosted by Reid Graves (Merck).  One of the questions was: What should senior mgt within the pharmaceutical/biotech industry do differently to realize rapid […]

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SCM predictions for 2010: Lessons from the retail world

TrevorMiles
  • by Trevor Miles
  • Published

Lora Cecere, while at AMR Research, published a list of predictions for 2010 that are CPG and retail focused, which is her specialty.  What is interesting about the list,  in my opinion anyway, is that we will see a lot of retail behaviour begin to percolate down the supply chain.  This is my first prediction, […]

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