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Lean Operational Improvements That Last From Islands of Improvement to Enterprise-wide Excellence
Many discrete manufacturers have adopted lean manufacturing approaches, but haven’t pursued lean improvement methods. Even those that have report only small

lean improvements  discrete manufacturers have adopted lean manufacturing approaches, but haven’t pursued lean improvement methods. Even those that have report only small, local benefits. A holistic approach is needed to see the long-term benefits of lean. To find out if your company is ready to make lean improvements, you need to ask key questions. Discover what they are, and how to start down the path to leaner manufacturing. Read More...
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Manifesto for a Perfect Lean Market
Over the last 25 years, successful manufacturers have made dramatic improvements in the speed and efficiency of production. But with increasing global

lean improvements  for a Perfect Lean Market Over the last 25 years, successful manufacturers have made dramatic improvements in the speed and efficiency of production. But with increasing global competition and time-to-market requirements, the need to continuously improve efficiency—and become lean—has never been more important. But these days, it’s difficult to imagine any enterprise software provider as being truly focused on efficiency for the customer. Read More...
Enhancing Lean Practices: Lean Adoption in the Industrial Machinery and Components Industry
Customer churn rates are higher than ever: although businesses say they are devoted to loyalty, their management systems and budgets do not support that claim

lean improvements  compelled to look to Lean with the goal of overall operational improvements (Figure 2). In comparison, best in class companies appear to be meeting customer demands, and are now evaluating other ways to maintain competitive superiority by focusing on continuous improvement. Figure 2: Top Drivers of Lean Source: AberdeenGroup, March 2006 The second most important driver cited by 62% of IM&C respondents, customers demanding shorter order cycle times , is particularly common for those companies whose Read More...
The Next R(E)volution of Lean
By seeing a business as a

lean improvements  consultants. This is because Lean has evolved from operational improvements outward, and that Lean consultants are either not familiar with strategy creation or are not ready to apply Lean beyond manufacturing. Also, a tactical approach quickly uncovers low hanging fruit, and consultants are striving for quick wins and immediate credibility. They're not in it for the long haul with a particular client, and more often than not they're content with a hit-and run effort. The more common approaches to Lean Read More...
Executive Guide to Lean Manufacturing: Making Lean Work for You
Yet few people have a complete picture of lean manufacturing, or know how to truly make it work. but now you can get a clear, concise explanation o...

lean improvements  bottom-line benefits , in Lean Operational Improvements that Last . In this informative executive guide you’ll learn which approaches to lean manufacturing work, and which ones don’t what a holistic lean manufacturing program entails, and why it delivers better results what tools and processes are involved in lean manufacturing how to set your company on the path to continuous improvement Find out what lean manufacturing is really all about, and how small and mid-sized manufacturers can use it to Read More...
Taking Control: Improved Inventory Visibility Leads to Lean Success
While inventory reduction is a worthy goal for manufacturers, with less “cushion” mistakes and surprises can be costly. When looking at inventory levels and how

lean improvements  Inventory Visibility Leads to Lean Success While inventory reduction is a worthy goal for manufacturers, with less “cushion” mistakes and surprises can be costly. When looking at inventory levels and how to reduce them, it is important to understand the role that inventory plays in the dynamics of plant operations. This paper focuses on inventory inside the plant—from receipt of parts and materials to shipment of finished products—to help you safely reduce your inventory. Read More...
Integrating Lean Practices and ERP
Many organizations are undertaking some form of lean initiative, but if one were to ask one hundred different people, one would probably different explanations

lean improvements  Lean Practices and ERP Many organizations are undertaking some form of lean initiative, but if one were to ask one hundred different people, one would probably different explanations from each person. With a variety of methods, techniques, and terms bandied about, many are forced to use the same definition that the late Justice Potter Stewart used for pornography: “I know it when I see it.” Shop floor practices that move inventory to the point of consumption, like kanban, are also Read More...
9 Things to Look For in Lean Accounting Software for Manufacturers
I attended the Lean Accounting Summit in Orlando in September, and I’m still struck by the totally different attitudes of companies that choose lean

lean improvements  to Look For in Lean Accounting Software for Manufacturers I attended the Lean Accounting Summit in Orlando in September, and I’m still struck by the totally different attitudes of companies that choose lean transformation versus conventional non-lean companies. Lean thinking certainly isn’t new to the business community, but many managers and business influencers still have no clear understanding of lean. They typically pick and choose their lean manufacturing tools, and ignore other lean principles Read More...
Case Study: SEM Products-Dramatic Process Improvements


lean improvements  Study: SEM Products-Dramatic Process Improvements Read More...
6 Immediate Business Improvements Offered by an Online SRM System: Part 3: Other Points to Consider
Maintaining an effective supply chain is clearly an integral part of a manufacturing company’s livelihood. Using Web-enabled tools, the enterprise is able to

lean improvements  Immediate Business Improvements Offered by an Online SRM System: Part 3: Other Points to Consider Other Points to Consider Other points to consider when choosing an online SRM system are: Customization Financial Commitment Speed of Implementation Ability to Integrate with Existing ERP Security This is Part Three of a three-part article. Part One presented the supplier relationship activities. Part Two presented the six immediate business improvements provided by an online SRM system. Customization Each Read More...
Lean Manufacturer: TigerStop
Based in Vancouver, Washington (US), TigerStop LLC is the global leader in stop/gauge and pusher systems designed to improve the efficiency of manufacturing

lean improvements  Manufacturer: TigerStop Based in Vancouver, Washington (US), TigerStop LLC is the global leader in stop/gauge and pusher systems designed to improve the efficiency of manufacturing processes in the plastics, woodworking, and metal industries. Having experienced business-jeopardizing technical issues with the company’s initial customer relationship management (CRM) system, TigerStop went to the market in search of a viable CRM system. Read More...
Lean Business Intelligence: Why and How Enterprises Are Moving To Self-service Business Intelligence
Today’s knowledge workers spend more time sorting though a huge amount of information and less time adding value to it. Enterprises have responded by moving to

lean improvements  Business Intelligence: Why and How Enterprises Are Moving To Self-service Business Intelligence Today’s knowledge workers spend more time sorting though a huge amount of information and less time adding value to it. Enterprises have responded by moving to a self-service business intelligence (BI) model. But that often conflicts with efforts to control, secure, centralize, and optimize their BI environments. Learn how you can get the right data now, while maintaining information quality and Read More...
The Transformation of the Lean Enterprise
Over the past 30–40 years, manufacturers have made dramatic leaps in improving their businesses by using lean manufacturing and Six Sigma techniques. The

lean improvements  Transformation of the Lean Enterprise Over the past 30–40 years, manufacturers have made dramatic leaps in improving their businesses by using lean manufacturing and Six Sigma techniques. The systems these businesses use, however, have changed relatively little in comparison. The ERP systems manufacturing companies rely on to run their business are greatly at odds with the strategy and processes lean manufacturers use to maintain their competitive advantage. Read More...
Sorting Through the ERP, Lean MFG, APS, and MES Clutter - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series started with the fact that the ability to sense demand and become a demand-driven (responsive) business is more than just the catch

lean improvements  Through the ERP, Lean MFG, APS, and MES Clutter - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series  started with the fact that the ability to sense  demand  and become a demand-driven (responsive) business is more than just the catch phrase du jour: it has become a recipe for survival. Every sensible enterprise is on a quest to deliver on time and as quickly as necessary, with minimum inventory (and  working capital ), and the highest necessary  utilization . For a few decades, the providers of a Read More...
How to Use ERP for Lean Packaging and Printing
While the concept of lean manufacturing is well established in traditional manufacturing industries, its adoption in printing and packaging has been slow. Many

lean improvements  to Use ERP for Lean Packaging and Printing While the concept of lean manufacturing is well established in traditional manufacturing industries, its adoption in printing and packaging has been slow. Many companies have yet to fully realize the benefits of a holistic implementation. Find out how and when you should implement enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems for a faster transition to lean processes—and improve efficiency and quality while reducing waste. Read More...

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