Each month new articles, book reviews, and other content are added to the Superfactory website. The new content is featured in the free monthly e-newsletter which goes out to 50,000 subscribers worldwide, and we will also post a monthly heads-up on this blog.
New content in November includes:
The featured article is from Robert Hawkey and is titled Discovering the Lean Supply Chain. The following is a brief excerpt, and you can read the entire article here.
Organizations today often face their greatest struggles when converting factual demand signals into pull-based schedules for those customers actively contributing to the growth and success of the business. An effective Lean supply chain strategy must provide the disciplines, methods and tools necessary to segment the customer against growth and value-contributing factors, link trading partners through collaborative planning & forecasting regimens, match supply and demand for the most appropriate use of enterprise-wide capacity and drive the selection & integration of strategic suppliers that offer the skills necessary to augment the entire supply chain for the benefit of the ultimate customer.
The Other Perspectives section has an article by Bob Emiliani titled The Tragedy of Waste. The following is a brief excerpt, and you can read the entire article here.
As is often the case, great ideas and practices are the result of many people’s thoughts and labors over many years. Things that seem new to us were often known by others long ago. Taking a look back in time to how people understood the meaning of the “waste” in industrial management can help us understand present-day challenges.
The featured book for this month is Lean Six Sigma That Works by Bill Carreira and Bill Trudell. A short synopsis is below, and you can learn more about the book or order it here.
Combining lean manufacturing with Six Sigma quality assurance creates a one-two punch that can transform results in any manufacturing environment. Lean Six Sigma That Works is filled with detailed, practical processes that let readers leave the conference room, and get right to work. Clear and simple, it’s an ideal guide for both seasoned professionals and those implementing their first lean sigma project. The book offers a step-by-step improvement strategy.
We continually update the other major sections of the website, including:
Events Calendar: a listing of lean excellence seminars, workshops, training, and conferences worldwide
Topic Information: Summaries and resources on over 40 enterprise excellence topics.
History of Excellence: A growing timeline of notable events that helped shape current-day enterprise excellence
PowerPoint Presentations: Over 50 downloadable PowerPoint presentations on lean manufacturing, quality, enterprise, and safety concepts.
Factory Toolbox: Almost 300 downloadable forms, procedure templates, assessments, and tools to help you not reinvent the wheel.
Tools and Assessments: Downloadable assessment tools.
Virtual Factory Tours: Web and streaming video tours of over 100 factories.
We are always looking for new articles and other content. Contact us via the Superfactory website if you would like to contribute to our knowledge base.