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Competitive Knowledge for Manufacturing People
May 15, 2006
Companies seeking a cost advantage over competitors
usually zero in early on labor costs. Wage levels in
particular are an obvious target. Cutting people
and/or wages and benefits may gain a temporary reprieve
from Chapter 11, but they are rarely the key to a
sustainable competitive advantage. In reality, they
sour workforce attitudes, wage cuts often put out of
reach the productivity gains that could be obtained
by more skilled, sensitive management of human resources.
For example, training the work force in added skills,
can permit more flexibility in job assignments, and
that in turn can boost shop-floor results. This more
flexible use of labor has enabled companies to convert
from MRP shop order "launch and expedite" systems to
the processes of flow technology. The success of such
a changeover is dependent on a highly trained,
flexible workforce that can design and dynamically
balance sequential production work cells. The results
can be exciting --- typical reductions beyond MRP
are 20% production costs, 40% space requirements,
25% inventory, 40% quality costs, and 40% cycle times.
Effective shop floor control has proven elusive as we
have upgraded our manufacturing control system from MRP
to MRPII and then to ERP. To capture control of shop
floor activities, we need to stop beating a "dead horse"
and start implementing and improving sequential
production processes. The winners turn to Kaizen Based
Lean Manufacturing. . . you can too!
Some of you have requested that we package our top
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If your company is interested in mastering lean
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* CD, Kaizen Based Lean Manufacturing™ e-Tutorial -
Kaizen Based Lean Manufacturing Training tutorial
includes 180-powerful, PowerPoint® graphics, "plus"
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learned" by a "been there, done that" lean manufacturing
professional. Benefit: Increase speed, improve quality
and reduce inventory, scrap and rework.
* CD, Digitized Push vs. Pull Video - A classic,
humorous video comparing "Push vs. Pull" factory
simulation exercises. This is the famous video that
demonstrates "one-piece-flow, stockless production,
and cycle time management. Benefit: Modify employees'
MRP paradigms to embrace lean manufacturing methodology.
* CD, Value Stream Mapping Training Module - Bill Gaw's
Value Stream Mapping Training Module includes 51-
powerful, PowerPoint® graphics, "plus" annotated note
pages with explanations, and "lessons learned." Benefit:
Upgrade business processes to optimize customer
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* CD, Thinking Out-of-the-Box Principles - Thinking-
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Each and everyone needs to continuously challenge and
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business success. Benefit: Discover creative ideas,
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day-to-day stress and the end-of-the-month crunch.
* Audio Cassette, Overcoming Resistance to Change - from
Harvard Business Scholl Press: "Reaching and Changing
Frontline Employees" and "Why Do Employees Resist
Change?" Benefit: Gain total team commitment to lean
* Train the Trainer Manual - A printed version of an
effective training methodology. A vital "train the
trainer" resource. Benefit: Initiate cost-effective,
win-win, on-site training and education.
During this week only, MBBP subscribers can purchase
The MBBP training package at a 43% discount from the
individual bookstore price of $694.00 or for $395.00.
Now that\'s a savings of $300 from purchasing these
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