Problem: Stuck in a Rut
“If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail”. This message seems obvious, and yet manufacturers blindly adopt one production methodology or another and implement it across all their shop operations. Can you expect Kanban to work in a low volume, high mix job area? No, but you would expect it to work quite well in an uncomplicated environment with steady demand. Is MRP the best method for a near process-flow-like situation? No, but you would expect lean manufacturing and Kanban to do quite well. Is constraint theory needed in a simple make to stock environment? No, but it becomes extremely important in a complex shop with multiple routings on many products. And what if you could combine the various methods for different product needs to optimize your shop even more?
The Answer: Optimization through Choice
The secret to success in manufacturing is to use the right method in the right circumstance. And that doesn’t mean applying one method across every operation in your plant. You need to understand the true process flows of your shop, separate them into common units, and apply the right methods. One portion of your shop may run Kanban, while another will need MRP. The important point is to make sure your ERP platform can handle each type of method, and yet, provide you with one underlying transactional system.
All this is possible with the right set of methods, all integrated into one package. In this manner, you can apply the best methods needed and still enjoy the benefits of a foundational ERP product to handle your financial transactions and more.
- Lean Manufacturing
- MRP &. MPS
- Role based manufacturing
- TQM, Six Sigma, Kaizen
Smart-Flow ERP Technology Key Benefits
- Drive the maximum lean possible
- Optimize your flows
- Match the needs of customers, products and assemblies
- MPS, MRP, MES, Kanban, Lean
- One model does not fit all
- Fully integrated within the ERP System Software