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Manufacturing 2007 Executive Summary
For a decade, IndustryWeek and the Manufacturing Performance Institute (MPI) Census of Manufacturers have provided data to US manufacturers. This year, MPI

flow charts inventory manufacturing  with Lean's emphasis on flow of materials into and out of plants, implementation rates in these three areas are even higher for plants following Lean Manufacturing, Lean and Six Sigma, or TPS: 99%, 55%, and 53%, respectively. In which departments has your improvement methodology been implemented? (multiple responses allowed)   All Plants U.S. Canada (N) 871 739 132 Production 86.1% 86.5% 84.1% Materials management 46.8% 46.8% 47.0% Shipping and logistics 43.1% 44.0% 37.9% Purchasing 32.5% 31.9% 35.6%

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