Tag: WIP

How to Ramp Up Production After a Lull

In an ideal world, manufacturing would never stop, and fully secure processes, well-integrated automation and smart business practices would keep shops operating 24/7, 365 days a year. Unfortunately, this is not the case. In reality, shops often face interruptions in production and downturns due to circumstances beyond their control, including unusual events such…
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5 Things You Need to Know About HMLV Production

For manufacturers around the world, high-mix/low-volume (HMLV) production isn’t a trendy new way of processing parts – it’s a requirement to meet rapid changes in consumer demand and keep pace with just in time (JIT) manufacturing. To maximize throughput in this new production ecosystem, which involves smaller batches of increasingly customized parts, there…
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How to reduce lead time in machine shops?

In my previous article, I explained how and to what extent, having shorter lead times was a competitive advantage for most machine shops. We will now see the type of tools used to achieve this reduction in lead time. They are ranked in an increasing order by their difficulty of implementation and the magnitude of…
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How Covid-19 improved supermarket lead time and on-time delivery

This post is adapted from something I posted on LinkedIn a few weeks back (you can find the original here). The way you want to optimize your production, increasing utilization of your bottleneck, improving flows and reducing your lead time can be found in supermarkets today. Probably without even knowing it, supermarkets took…
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