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hope that the tools, concepts, and training resources provided serve you
well. Your Workforce is a Living Organism. If leadership is to effect
dramatic change in your company, your workforce needs to know how to
follow and how to correctly respond to changing events. Profits increase
when a workforce can truly see and map the cause & effect of each
individual’s actions upon the group. Your strategies must inspire people
to follow what is profitable.
eBook: Closed-Loop-Planning —
ERP/MRPII & Closed-Loop Planning:
Facility planning, resource planning, aggregate capacity planning, and
production planning are all elements of long-range planning. Each
encompasses the degree of detail appropriate to its planning horizon and
to the organization's environment and objectives. Capacity planning at
all levels in the capacity planning hierarchy is connected to measures
of product and service outputs. These measures usually are stated in
both physical and monetary units…More Info...
eBook: Managing Uncertainty —
Managing Uncertainty & Keeping Promises:
The planning and control functions required for production and
inventory management (PIM) are briefly delineated in this eBook. Also
included is a description of various production and distribution
environments that may be relevant to every manufacturing company's
needs. This material is provided to better define the methods used, or
planned to be used, by various teams, traditional examples are provided
below for team members to review and adapt as needed for their purposes.
Many examples may not be oriented to your company products. But a team
that reviews and comes to consensus about how a tool or framework can be
applied to resolve production or development problems will have gained a
lot from the effort! More Info...
eBook: Master-Scheduling —
Master Scheduling: The sections
entitled: Uncertainty & Promises and Closed-Loop Planning described
production planning and resource requirements planning, which are
aggregate plans of production and capacity generally taking one to ten
years to complete execution. These plans combine (aggregate) similar
products into product groups, combine demand into monthly totals, and
often group personnel requirements across departments. The time comes
when individual products and services must be scheduled at specific work
centers. This is accomplished by master scheduling---producing a plan
to manufacture specific items or provide specific services within a
given time period...More Info...
eBook: Rough-Cut Capacity --
Rough Cut Capacity Planning: Three
approaches to rough cut capacity planning are examined. The least
detailed, the capacity planning using overall factors (CPOF) approach,
is quickly computed but is insensitive to shifts in product mix. A
second approach, bill of labor, involves multiplying two matrices, the
bill of labor and the master production schedule. This approach picks up
shifts in product mix, but does not consider lead-time offsets. The
third approach, resource profile, takes lead-time offsets into
account... More Info...
eBook: Production-Activity-Control —
Production Activity Control (PAC)
is concerned with converting plans into action, reporting the results
achieved, and revising plans and actions as required achieving desired
results. Thus, PAC converts plans into action by providing the required
direction. This requires the appropriate prior master planning of
orders, work force personnel, materials, and capacity requirements.
While there are better methods available via JIT and other strategies,
PAC is an essential system for managing in relation to specific orders
that must be properly launched, when material and labor resources, and
equipment are properly timed to be delivered or allocated for the
completion of those orders…More Info...
eBook: Just-In-Time —
Just-In-Time Planning (JIT)
presentations often employ the analogy of a stream when describing
proper inventory management. Well-managed systems achieve a flow of
inventory from raw material to the customer like a smooth river,
unimpeded by shoals of scrap or machine breakdown or other problems.
This concept did not originate with the Japanese. Henry Ford's River
Rouge plant regularly converted iron ore into a Model T in four days.
However, in recent years, especially the 1970s, American business has
not improved its manufacturing capability quickly enough to maintain a
competitive position in cost or quality or market responsiveness or
eBook: Theory-of-Constraints —
The Theory of Constraints (TOC) is a
philosophy that has a lot in common with Just-in-Time but also has some
critical differences. There are two basic differences. The first is
that the theory of constraints accepts the existence of a constraint, at
least temporarily, and focuses the improvement effort on the constraint
and related workstations. The second is that the theory of constraints
uses overlapped production (transfer batch not equal to the process
batch) to schedule work through a batch production environment, while
Just-in-Time provides no scheduling mechanism for a batch environment.
Thus, the theory of constraints scheduling approach has wider
applicability than Just-in-Time (although Just-in-Time's continuous
improvement philosophy and quality emphasis clearly is applicable to
batch production environments)…More Info...
eBook: Mentorship --
Organizational Development & Mentorship:
A Mentor is, using the simplest definition, a teacher. Some teachers
are mentors. Others are not. But all mentors have gone beyond simply
teaching. Most of us have experienced being taught by teachers who had a
good grasp of the material being taught. The same teacher might have
taught the subject well, in a style easily accessible to us. Perhaps
that teacher even inspired us in some way. There are a few key ideas
that set mentoring apart from teaching. A teacher who knows the subject
thoroughly, inspires us by talk and example, who encourages our making
of creative mistakes, who truly wants us to succeed and does not feel
threatened by our skills, ability and success, that teacher is a mentor.
A mentor is also a leader. A mentor is a leader who nurtures our
learning experience, respects our humanness and adulthood, and fiercely
guards the process of the teaching/learning experience...More Info...
Documentation Strategies: MCTS & ISO Format Integration
Good documentation can only be produced by clearly understanding the
fundamentals of a process. Vague communication is a problem in nearly
every relationship. How many times are we positive we are being
completely clear in our communication, only to discover later that the
other person missed a key piece of information we assumed was obvious?
Few people fully realize how easy it is for information to be
transmitted or received incorrectly. The problem is in the method of
communication and the assumptions people carry or bring with them to the
Good documentation eradicates assumptions. Literally following verbal
instructions does not always mean the worker is performing the correct
procedures. The “fault” that must be repaired is always the manager’s
responsibility—not the worker’s. Once clear guidelines or procedures are
established the employee can be responsible for his/her part. The
system of communication is then maintained and improved by both parties
as problems arise.
Good documentation sets the groundwork, eliminates wasted time and
energy, and keeps the focus on the work being performed. It will speed
up performance, create a structure by which to measure that performance,
and provide clarity and dependable measures.
So many companies invest extensive time & effort to create
documentation to address ISO requirements, provide training information,
make improvements, etc. Our framework gives you the means to do it all,
keep everything current AND have it all be easy to manage!