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McCambridge Cakes - Case Study

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McCambridge Cakes - We've increased production OEE by more than 20% in four weeks

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The End to End Conundrum

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There are three legs to any Operation's stool.  Most management teams only ever achieve improving two of these at one time, normally at the expense of the third. Why is this?   Pete Austin, Director at Suiko gives his perspective.

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Bulletins

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A key philosophy of lean is about reducing throughput time from receipt of order to cash in the bank. To do this you need to understand in detail the end to end value stream and identify value added time from the customers’ point of view.... but how do you do it?

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Design Thinking and Operational Excellence Problem Solving ...

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There is a lot being written about Design or Design Thinking. So where does it fit within Operational Excellence. Where does design fit into problem solving?

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Cells in Jewelry Manufacturing? | Dumontis

Cells in Jewelry Manufacturing? | Dumontis | Business transformation consultants | Scoop.it
How Stuller's development of continuous-flow work cells using a lean manufacturing approach is helping the company compete in the U.S.

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Michel Baudin's curator insight, September 26, 2013 8:46 AM

The words in the article are great, but the picture does not match. This looks like traditional workbench manufacturing, not Lean cells!

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Lean Principle 4 - Produce at the Pull of the Customer

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The 5 Principles of Lean

The fourth of a 5 part series - Produce at the PULL of the customer

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Lloyd's Confuses Lean with Outsourcing | The Strategic Sourcerer

Lloyd's Confuses Lean with Outsourcing | The Strategic Sourcerer | Business transformation consultants | Scoop.it

"Lean manufacturing practices can create efficiency and reduce waste, but smaller inventories put companies at risk for major supply chain disruptions. Many organizations are reconsidering their procurement strategies for emergency preparedness after discovering their operational vulnerability in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, as well as the flooding in Thailand, according to Lloyd's."


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Michel Baudin's curator insight, May 15, 2013 7:20 PM

Since when is purchasing parts from half-way around the world a "Lean manufacturing practice"? Toyota and Honda do import parts into the US from Japan, but they have been working steadily to increase the domestic content of the cars they build in the US. 

 

In a Lean supply chain, you use as many local suppliers as possible and  only buy from afar if you can't help it. And local suppliers are subject to the same disasters as you, and inventory in the pipeline is just one more asset that can be destroyed in the earthquake or tsunami. 

 

In the late 1930s, the German aircraft industry organized its supply chain in a system called "ABC," which involved frequent deliveries from nearby suppliers and almost no inventory at the assembly site. It was in anticipation of a man-made disaster: enemy air raids. Allied bombs could not destroy components that had yet to be made. 

 

The article just reiterates the old belief that you can protect yourself against shortages by holding inventory. It may work for crude oil, but not for the 30,000 items needed to build a car. To protect against a Fukushima type event, you would have to keep weeks of safety stocks of all the items all the time, which is not a practical idea. 

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The High Velocity Edge

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How Market Leaders Outdistance the Competition (We're celebrating World Book Day!
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Suiko_ltd's curator insight, March 7, 2013 8:57 AM

A highly recommended read!

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ROI on Operational Excellence :: Lean Sales and Marketing thru ...

ROI on Operational Excellence :: Lean Sales and Marketing thru ... | Business transformation consultants | Scoop.it

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