Virtual Pull Systems
A systematic approach to full implementation
Workshop Code: FW-02
Day & Time: Friday, Oct 19, 2012 - 8:00 AM
Length: 4 hours
Cost: $200.00 USD
It's not always easy to implement pull/kanban. Most companies that attempt to implement pull/kanban struggle with two issues: 1) how to right-size their business to get the best possible flow and 2) how to choose the appropriate techniques for signaling replenishment needs.
Right-sizing can pose challenges. You don't want to be too small and not be able to meet demand, nor too large and produce unneeded items. You also don't want engage resources in producing what you don't need and have them unavailable to produce what you do need. That's why you have to make sure your business adjusts as product structures, manufacturing processes and customer demands change. But it's not always easy - even with kanban!
It can also be hard to choose the appropriate techniques to signal replenishment needs. Do you signal with empty containers, kanban cards, first-in-first-out lanes, min/max or some other technique? If you choose cumbersome manual techniques, the pull system may deteriorate for lack or maintenance, be limited in its scope to only a few products or even add non-value adding time making and remaking kanban cards! Each pull signal must be sustainable and appropriate to its supplier. No one approach fits all.
This workshop will help you 1) decide how to right-size your business to get the best possible flow and 2) choose the appropriate techniques for signaling replenishment needs. If this sounds like something you need help with, this is a must-attend workshop.
In this workshop:
- Learn how to right-size your business to get the best possible flow.
- Find out how to choose the appropriate techniques for signaling replenishment needs.
- Hear how to size and resize kanban for supermarkets using commonly available data.
- Learn how to apply EPEI (every part every interval) to link capacity and flow.
- Find out how to identify the management policies you need to change in order to ensure the success of pull/kanban.
- Hear how to select the best pull mechanism for each of your suppliers.
- Take home the information you need to get started with virtual pull systems at your business.
Synchronous ManagementSynchronous Management is a full-service manufacturing consulting firm operating in 10 countries. Since its founding in 1986, Synchronous Management has served a variety of clients in process, repetitive job shop and prototype manufacturing environments. Its clients include some of the largest companies in the world, as well as a range of smaller firms.
Don Guild is principal of Synchronous Management. His professional experience began with 20 years in manufacturing line operations, including shop supervision and materials and operations management. After consulting for Dr. Eli Goldratt, specializing in constraints theory, Don founded Synchronous Management in 1986 to focus on the hands-on application of lean techniques in purchasing, manufacturing and distribution.
Don has an AA in liberal arts, BS and JD in law and an MBA. He is a member of AME, faculty member of NIST-MEP and LEI, an APICS Certified Fellow and author of the pull/kanban training for NIST-MEP and the pull/kanban training for the Lean Enterprise Institute. Several of Don's clients are frequent AME speakers.
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