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How Manufacturers Can Deliver On Time … Every Time

  • On 12/11/2022
There are several strategies that manufacturers can use to help ensure that their products are delivered on time. These strategies may include: Proper planning and scheduling: Manufacturers should carefully plan and schedule their production process to ensure that each step is completed on time and that there are no bottlenecks or delays. Lean manufacturing techniques: […]
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Manufacturers: You’re Not Special

  • On 07/23/2022
It doesn't happen often, but there have been some occasions when I've spoken with manufacturers, they've explained their challenges to me, and I’ve come away with the impression that they're on the wrong track. I can think of two examples:   Now You've Gone Too Far One example would be where they have selected an […]
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Five Steps to Establishing an Effective Manufacturing Control System

  • On 07/23/2022
I want to discuss two mental models that people might use when thinking about manufacturing management. One mental model is somewhat traditional in manufacturing.  It is that of a “military maneuver” and you're the general.  You job is to establish command and control so you can apply force to get things done. Here's another mental […]
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Making and Keeping Customer Commitments

  • On 07/23/2022
Customer commitments are made in large part when a prospect asks for a quote or inquires about your lead times.  Lead times tend to be most manufacturers’ primary control for creating customer expectations.  But they may not be the most effective way to keep the customer commitment. You've got to make sure that the schedule commitments […]
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So Now You Need a Recovery Plan

  • On 07/23/2022
What is a recovery plan?  Well, it almost always means that someone is upset.  Sometimes it's the customer.  Sometimes it's executive management.  Sometimes it's project or product management.  What it always means is that delivery dates are not being met and now you've got to come up with a plan to pull everyone out of […]
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