Quick Response & Lean Manufacturing

Do you want to keep ahead of your competitors , even if they’re from low-wage countries? You can! More than that, companies which question their production apparatus from time to time and adapt their production strategy in line with the tricks of the trade also manage to book success even in difficult times. Which production system is best for you (Lean manufacturing, Quick Response Manufacturing, Theory of Constraints, etc.) depends on the DNA of your company.

Lean Manufacturing is a production system guaranteeing high quality, low costs, speedy and reliable deliveries with a minimum of resources. If you operate in a market with lots of product variety and relatively small series, Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) might be more suitable for your organisation.

The 5 key principles of Lean are excellent starting point at all events:

  • Specify value from the client’s perspective.
  • Analyse the value stream and eliminate losses.
  • Create product flow and produce the right volume of takt time.
  • Apply the pull principle to the full.
  • Strive constantly for perfection.

 

 

Slowness to change usually means
fear of the new.
(Philip Crosby)

How does Stanwick help? 

  • We carry out an assessment in three steps:
    1. Insight into your business and current (production) strategy
    2. Recording the current and future context by means of Value Stream Mapping (VSM) or Manufacturing Critical path Time map (MCT)
    3. Identifying the most important improvement levers
  • We assist your employees during the implementation in order to achieve the best possible result within a set period.
  • We draw up a training programme to familiarise your employees with the correct manufacturing techniques.
  • We supervise 'Kaizen workshops' of three to five days: developing production cells, organising internal transport & line supplies (Kanban Kaizen) and lean draft of new production processes (Production Preparation Process, 3P).

The key to success is to work together with the management and employees to develop a new working method (a new corporate culture).

 

Hungry for more? 

 

Project references: Alcon, Bekaert, Nedtrain operations, Parker Filtration, Tiense Suikerraffinaderij, Swedish Match Lighters, Total, Hansen Industrial Transmissions, Johnson & Johnson, Cartamundi, Esco

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