Manufacturing is a manufacturing strategy with roots dating to the
1980's and the advent of Just-in-Time concepts in the U.S. During the
1980's American companies in major industries were in a state of panic
the loss of world market share to foreign companies, mostly Japan:
electronics, and automobiles were the most visible as industries
losses to the extent of 25-35%. This resulted in a surge of American
traveling to Japan to discover flat organization structures, dependent
demand scheduling, Kaizen, use of teams, and a quality discipline that
and later TQM in the U.S.
The characteristics of flow and lean processes are:
Flow Manufacturing is in direct opposition with traditional mass
approaches characterized by use of economic order quantities, high
utilization, and high inventory. The demand-based "pull" of material
production contrasts with the traditional "push" production process,
by a schedule that pushes inventory into stocking locations that may
reflect customers requirements.
changing from a traditional environment to one of flow manufacturing,
cultural issues will emerge quickly, as well as resistance to change. A
change program is needed to accompany the effort. Piecemeal or purely
generally do not work or achieve significant results. Quite often we
hear top executives claiming to be using Flow Manufacturing strategies
when we visit the site, we will discover a pilot cell off in a corner.
scale use produces wide scale results, and very little true results
be achieved if Flow Manufacturing is treated as a "fad of the month", or if the strategy is approached primarily using mathematical formulas.
Manufacturing techniques have been around for a long time and can
simplify a production process. Benefits are real and long proven. The
was coined in the 1980's taking examples from the successes used in the
Production System. Although it has wider applications, it is best used
a repetitive or continuous production environment.
Our Approach: Tools from a Toolchest
Consulting Group applies concepts and technologies as the situation
that will result in the ultimate benefit to our clients. We treat
technologies, and methodologies as tools in a toolchest, and use them
they offer practical solutions and achievable results. We believe that
client situation is unique, with its own unique set of solutions. (Please see our
lean manufacturing consulting services Lean Manufacturing Consulting Services
Rockford Consulting Group can provide long-term assistance to many companies in a variety of industries. The firm has a cadre of the best management consultants in the world today, providing high quality professionalism through the use of experience and innovation.
We subscribe to the Institute of Management Consultants Code of Professional Conduct. All consultants engaged on projects adhere to its principles. Whenever possible we will use consultants certified in their particular specialty area. Certification assures that consultants have substantial prior experience in their specialty, and their competencies have been tested by the IMC, and verified by a number of clients. This assures our clients that we are assigning the highest qualified consultants in the profession.
We provide technical expertise, team facilitation, leadership, and direction in deciding how you will meet the challenge. We refer you to our Qualification Statement for further details on our background, areas of specialization, concepts and technologies applied, staffing, operating policy, approach, companies and industries served, case studies and references. Equally as important, we train our clients to sustain new methods of manufacturing and the consequential benefits over time. Your company will benefit directly from this training.
We have achieved an efficiency in our approach to assignments that allows us to provide high quality technical and managerial advice in a much shorter amount of time than could be accomplished years ago. We are able to do this because of the extensive consulting experience that each of our specialists has.
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