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What is Supply Chain Visibility?

By Steven Calhoun on Jun 29, 2022 1:04:17 PM

You’ve seen the comments about supply chain visibility, and maybe you’ve encountered some technology providers who want you to know all about how their solution is the best for it. But first, you’ll need to know what it is and whether it’s useful for your business.

Topics: Operational Excellence
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Additional Capacity vs Additional Inventory: Which is a Better Solution?

By Gauthier Duval on Jun 6, 2022 9:52:58 AM

You’ll sometimes hear inventory referred to as “crystallized capacity,” the idea being that when you have limited capacity, building inventory is a solution that helps you meet customer demand. The typical example is a seasonal business, like a manufacturer of skiing equipment. 

Topics: Lean Methodology Operational Excellence
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Flexibility vs Agility in Supply Chain Operations

By Pat Dippel on May 20, 2022 2:00:00 PM

Flexibility and agility are two words that are often used interchangeably, but there are important distinctions between them. Knowing the difference can guide how and when you focus your time and energy to strengthen your business.

Topics: Operational Excellence
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The Future of Manufacturing: Real-Time Agile Manufacturing

By Steven Calhoun on May 6, 2022 10:42:34 AM

The next evolution of manufacturing will be true “lot size one” and will respond in real time to customer demands. Real-time agile manufacturing will require new approaches to production, including how labor capacity is managed, how production occurs (i.e. additive manufacturing, asset-light manufacturing), and how the supply chain is arranged (i.e. decentralized manufacturing).

Topics: Operational Excellence Megatrends
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Why simple, high-impact metrics are the first step to data maturity

By Matthew Babich on Mar 14, 2022 4:02:27 PM

Data maturity is a skill which, just like any other skill, requires an initial foundation of knowledge and practice with incremental advancement until excellence is achieved.

Topics: Operational Excellence
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Why Standard Work is the “Secret Weapon” of the Best Lean Companies

By Gauthier Duval on Mar 4, 2022 9:51:26 AM

In this blog, we’ll provide a solution to a common problem across all industries: insufficient standardization, leading to quality issues and inconsistent throughput rates.

Topics: Lean Methodology Operational Excellence
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What is Kaizen?

By Steven Calhoun on Feb 11, 2022 11:00:00 AM

Kaizen is a term you’ll hear thrown out casually in conversation with many manufacturing leaders. If you’ve been using context clues to get by this far, you’ve likely figured out that it has something to do with always improving. So what exactly is kaizen, and why are people talking about it?

Topics: Lean Methodology Operational Excellence
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The Benefits of Data Collection for Manufacturing Companies

By Matthew Babich on Jan 14, 2022 1:45:37 PM

Imagine yourself sitting at a table, attempting to complete a puzzle blindfolded. Without the use of your eyes, you find your hands scrambling around the table, hopelessly feeling edges and shoving pieces together at random. With the use of your eyes, the information needed to complete the task efficiently is clear, like where the colors match and where they don’t.

Topics: Digital Manufacturing Operational Excellence
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Pull Production Systems: Push vs Pull, Types, and Tools

By Steven Calhoun on Jan 12, 2022 3:34:10 PM

Stacking inventory as a buffer is a common practice, but it often goes too far. In the worst cases, businesses produce everything ahead of time and then hope to sell it all, only to find that engineering made an urgent modification to the product or that the forecasts were way off.

Topics: Lean Methodology Operational Excellence
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Visual Management in Manufacturing and Logistics

By Steven Calhoun on Dec 30, 2021 10:45:00 AM

There are likely many times you’ve encountered problems that arose from something being unclear. Communication is key, as the saying goes. That’s where visual management comes in.

Topics: Lean Methodology Operational Excellence