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Operational Guide to Implementing Lean in Distribution


This whitepaper is a guide for distributors on implementing and integrating lean practices into their businesses. Lean is not just a tool, but also is a culture, philosophy, process, and methodology. A main goal in becoming more lean, to become more efficient and profitable at every iteration, can be brought about in ways such as analyzing end-to-end processes and determining how to deliver more with less and becoming more organized. Improved results from lean distribution can include increased profits, improved delivery performance, better customer satisfaction and supplier relations, and shorter lead times.

implementing lean  Guide to Implementing Lean in Distribution This whitepaper is a guide for distributors on implementing and integrating lean practices into their businesses. Lean is not just a tool, but also is a culture, philosophy, process, and methodology. A main goal in becoming more lean, to become more efficient and profitable at every iteration, can be brought about in ways such as analyzing end-to-end processes and determining how to deliver more with less and becoming more organized. Improved results Read More

Implementing Kanban Alternatives in Lean Manufacturing


Kanban—the Japanese term for physical or visual signs that trigger replenishment, which can be a useful part of lean manufacturing—is not a good fit in some situations. Alternatives to kanban can also eliminate waste in lean production by addressing inventory, materials, and replenishment process needs. Learn more on how you can find alternatives to kanban to make your enterprise resource planning (ERP) system “leaner.”

implementing lean  Kanban Alternatives in Lean Manufacturing Kanban—the Japanese term for physical or visual signs that trigger replenishment, which can be a useful part of lean manufacturing—is not a good fit in some situations. Alternatives to kanban can also eliminate waste in lean production by addressing inventory, materials, and replenishment process needs. Learn more on how you can find alternatives to kanban to make your enterprise resource planning (ERP) system “leaner.” Read More

How to Use Technology to Support the Lean Enterprise: Achieving Profitable Growth through Lean


Many competitive businesses are implementing “lean” initiatives to expose and attack waste and setting goals for continuous improvement through Six Sigma principles. Consensus is growing that technology is key for successful lean initiatives. This white paper defines addresses the impact lean initiatives have on profitability and considers the role of information technology (IT) in enabling lean initiatives.

implementing lean  Many competitive businesses are implementing “lean” initiatives to expose and attack waste and setting goals for continuous improvement through Six Sigma principles. Consensus is growing that technology is key for successful lean initiatives. This white paper defines addresses the impact lean initiatives have on profitability and considers the role of information technology (IT) in enabling lean initiatives. Read More

Front-office Lean-Taking Lean Manufacturing Beyond the Shop Floor


Lean manufacturing practices are employed to some degree on almost every manufacturing floor, but many companies aren't realizing the real benefits of lean by bringing lean to their front-office operations. Here are a few tips on lean office operations.

implementing lean  operation can benefit from implementing lean practices in their front office operations. The only pitfall of following a lean front office strategy is that a small company with a simple business model may adopt too rigorous a lean program, which would have the effect of bogging down their operations rather than eliminating waste. Formal lean programs run by certified professionals are fine for some organizations, while others can benefit most from adopting one or two practices to eliminate waste where it Read More

Implementing Lean Manufacturing Principles in an A&D Environment


Lean manufacturing is a management philosophy, enabled and supported by various techniques, to eliminate non-value adding activity. However, aerospace and defense (A&D) government regulations impose very different business practices from those followed in the commercial sector. Can lean manufacturing principles really work in A&D? The answer: it depends on the architecture of the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.

implementing lean  Lean Manufacturing Principles in an A&D Environment Lean manufacturing is a management philosophy, enabled and supported by various techniques, to eliminate non-value adding activity. However, aerospace and defense (A&D) government regulations impose very different business practices from those followed in the commercial sector. Can lean manufacturing principles really work in A&D? The answer: it depends on the architecture of the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Read More

Lean Manufacturing


In the manufacturing arena, lean is a top topic. And though companies expect a big payoff from the lean approach to manufacturing—including increases in production capacity and product quality, reduced production time and inventories, etc.—there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ philosophy of applying lean principles to every manufacturing organization. Find out how you need to view lean to get the most out of it for your particular organization.

implementing lean  Manufacturing In the manufacturing arena, lean is a top topic. And though companies expect a big payoff from the lean approach to manufacturing—including increases in production capacity and product quality, reduced production time and inventories, etc.—there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ philosophy of applying lean principles to every manufacturing organization. Find out how you need to view lean to get the most out of it for your particular organization. Read More

Moving Beyond Lean Manufacturing to a Lean Supply Chain


Most lean manufacturing deployments target production operations, but can also be extended to other supply chain processes. To realize the multiplicative benefits of real time information and reduced inventory, companies must assess their production environment and supply chain activities.

implementing lean  Beyond Lean Manufacturing to a Lean Supply Chain Background Most of the buzz and activity around the adoption of lean manufacturing concepts within an enterprise has been linked to the shop floor. Production operations have been the target of most lean manufacturing deployments, but lean manufacturing principles and techniques can be extended beyond the shop floor to processes that are unique to and transcend efficient production operations and supply chain operations. Stretching lean manufacturing Read More

Technology and the Lean Enterprise: Building an Infrastructure That Drives the Highest Value to the Customer


Across the industrial machinery and components industry, successful lean initiatives are increasing as manufacturers recognize the key enabler of continuous improvement and eliminating waste—technology. This white paper presents six brief case studies of manufacturing companies that have built an underlying technology infrastructure to support a foundation for increasing their value to their customers.

implementing lean  and the Lean Enterprise: Building an Infrastructure That Drives the Highest Value to the Customer Across the industrial machinery and components industry, successful lean initiatives are increasing as manufacturers recognize the key enabler of continuous improvement and eliminating waste—technology. This white paper presents six brief case studies of manufacturing companies that have built an underlying technology infrastructure to support a foundation for increasing their value to their Read More

How to Achieve Lean Manufacturing


Lean manufacturing is a transformational exercise that requires an organization to cast aside long-held beliefs and business processes. The five main steps to achieving lean transition are defining value, mapping the value stream, making the activities flow, responding to customer demand, and continuous improvement.

implementing lean  hanging fruits, and then implementing best practices so as to secure strategic management objectives (see Enterprise Process Improvement Software: Customer and Software Vendor Collaboration ). In addition to supporting the above technical lean tools, one should never forget the importance of achieving core lean principles via well publicised cultural and managerial initiatives, such as employee involvement, quality at the source, team responsibility, a flexible workforce, employment stability, system and Read More

Implementing Energy-efficient Data Centers


Electricity costs are an increasing portion of the total cost of ownership (TCO) for data centers. But you can dramatically reduce the electrical consumption of typical data centers through appropriate design of both the network-critical physical infrastructure and IT architecture. Discover how to quantify electricity savings and learn about methods that can greatly reduce your data center electrical power consumption.

implementing lean  Energy-efficient Data Centers Electricity costs are an increasing portion of the total cost of ownership (TCO) for data centers. But you can dramatically reduce the electrical consumption of typical data centers through appropriate design of both the network-critical physical infrastructure and IT architecture. Discover how to quantify electricity savings and learn about methods that can greatly reduce your data center electrical power consumption. Read More

Manual versus Information Technology Enabled Lean Manufacturing


All good lean systems have both physical systems in the plant and near real time information technology backbones that centralize data. The primary advantage of enterprise systems is that they can handle considerably more information than can be accommodated manually.

implementing lean  could be reduced by implementing kanbans and other similar pull systems, while waiting time could be handled by using takt times, and so on. This is Part Four of a multipart note. The trouble is further compounded by the army of software providers (including enterprise resource planning [ERP], supply chain management [SCM], manufacturing execution systems [MES], and product lifecycle management [PLM] providers, as well as best-of-breed, bolt-on lean specialists) that have been hyping their lean Read More

Implementing Fax in the Enterprise


Fax is here to stay whether we like it or not. But fax technology has come a long way, and can be incorporated with application programming interfaces and multifunction print (MFP) devices. In fact, new enterprise fax architecture is often more flexible and modular than other modes of communication, such as e-mail and instant messaging. Get connected with news on how fax technology can enhance your business processes.

implementing lean  Fax in the Enterprise Fax is here to stay whether we like it or not. But fax technology has come a long way, and can be incorporated with application programming interfaces and multifunction print (MFP) devices. In fact, new enterprise fax architecture is often more flexible and modular than other modes of communication, such as e-mail and instant messaging. Get connected with news on how fax technology can enhance your business processes. Read More

3 Key Areas to Reduce Costs with Lean Techniques


Continuous process improvement is more critical than ever for manufacturers to become lean. One key area of focus is on the flow of product from supplier to customer. Naturally, any process that impedes the smooth flow of product is a source of additional cost to the company. Download this white paper now and learn about 3 key areas to reduce costs and improve product flow from quote to cash.

implementing lean  Key Areas to Reduce Costs with Lean Techniques Continuous process improvement is more critical than ever for manufacturers to become lean. One key area of focus is on the flow of product from supplier to customer. Naturally, any process that impedes the smooth flow of product is a source of additional cost to the company. Download this white paper now and learn about 3 key areas to reduce costs and improve product flow from quote to cash. Read More

Lean Manufacturing: Part 1


With all the discussion, books, Web sites, and other materials on the topic of lean manufacturing, it's hard to know which resources are credible—much less understand the mounds of information. The first part of this series breaks down the definition of lean manufacturing into easy-to-digest concepts and shares the real-life example of a supplier of remanufactured solvents that is working toward the goal of lean. Get tips on how to determine what you need in your production operation and why.

implementing lean  Manufacturing: Part 1 With all the discussion, books, Web sites, and other materials on the topic of lean manufacturing, it''s hard to know which resources are credible—much less understand the mounds of information. The first part of this series breaks down the definition of lean manufacturing into easy-to-digest concepts and shares the real-life example of a supplier of remanufactured solvents that is working toward the goal of lean. Get tips on how to determine what you need in your production Read More

Best Practices for Implementing a Security Process


Security technology has evolved from static firewalls and antivirus products to suites of tools that are effective in protecting against modern threats. But without a solid process backing up the technology, organizations will still be susceptible to emerging threats. Learn more about aligning security processes with the latest security technologies to create a barrier against today’s most insidious threats.

implementing lean  Practices for Implementing a Security Process Security technology has evolved from static firewalls and antivirus products to suites of tools that are effective in protecting against modern threats. But without a solid process backing up the technology, organizations will still be susceptible to emerging threats. Learn more about aligning security processes with the latest security technologies to create a barrier against today’s most insidious threats. Read More