Production Planning and Scheduling Articles

How Good is Taiichi Ohno's Book on Toyota Production System?
Executive Summary Taiichi Ohno's book on the Toyota Production System is considered the definitive classic of JIT/Lean. The book compares holding inventory to hoarding, explains supermarkets in a way that appears nonsensical. It leaves out stable production schedules, but does ...
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How Did Toyota Communicate Material Needs with Suppliers?
What This Article Covers The Question on Material Need Communication Toyota Production System: Beyond Large-Scale Production Communicating the Stable Production Schedule to Suppliers JIT, Proximity of Sourcing Locations and Lead Times The Problem with JIT/Lean Consultants Who Hold Costco Cards ...
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Transferring Best Practices?
What This Article Covers The Concept Versus Reality of Transfering Best Practices Introduction It is normally assumed that best practices can be transferred between environments, companies etc. However, how often is this true? The following quotation from a research paper ...
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iPhone Manufacturing
What This Article Covers Contract Manufacturing Agreement iPhone Manufacturing and iPhone Production Hon Hai Precision Ind Co LTD and Apple's Outsourced Sweat Shop Introduction Contract manufacturing is when manufacturing is completely outsourced. Most business coverage of contract manufacturing tends to ...
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Bottling Packaging
What This Article Covers Bottling Plant and Packaging Industry The Bottling Plant, and Bottlers and Bottling Companies Cans, Glass Bottles, and Plastic Bottles Bottling Equipment Like the Bottling Machine, Liquid Filling Machine, Bottle Filling Machine and Filling Machine, Bottle Capping ...
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Eco Box Shipping
What This Article Covers Increased Specialization of Packaging Machinery and Packaging Technology Eco Friendly Packaging, Eco Packaging or Green Packaging Corrugated Boxes The Meaning of Weigh Out Versus Cube Out Packing Material and Packaging Material Recycled Paper, Cardboard Recycling, and the ...
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How to Best Understand On Demand Box Making
Executive Summary On demand box making machines allow custom boxes to quicky be made for shipping and warehousing. On demand box making machines are becoming increasingly common. Packsize is one of the producers of these machines. Introduction On-demand box making ...
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Contract Packaging
What This Article Covers What is Contract Packaging and Contract Packing? Contract Packaging Companies and Contract Packaging Services The Expensive Packaging Machine, Packing Machine and Packaging Equipment Packaging Complexity, Packaging Supplies, Packing Supplies and Packing Material and Flexible Packaging What ...
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How to Best Understand Takt Time Versus Lead Time
What This Article Covers What is Takt Time? Takt Time and Decoupling Inventory or Decoupling Stock A Takt Time Calculator and Takt Time Calculation Cycle Time, Takt Time and The Relationship to Lead Time Introduction Cycle Time and takt time are ...
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How to Best Understand Buffer Stock
Executive Summary A buffer stock or buffer inventory is used to account for variability in supply or demand. We cover the definition of buffer stock or buffer inventory as well as a buffer stock calculation. Introduction Buffer stock is a ...
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How to Best Understand Manufacturing Bottlenecks
Executive Summary We cover the definition of a bottleneck resource, as well as the bottleneck production rate. The concept of bottleneck resources was based upon Eliyahu Goldratt and the book The Goal. Bottleneck resources don't apply to nonsequential production lines ...
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How to Best Understand Cycle Time Versus Lead Time
Executive Summary Cycle time has a definition along with production cycle time and the manufacturing cycle time. There is also something called the cycle rate which is critical for production planning. We cover how to perform cycle time analysis and ...
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How Statistical Process Control Was Misrepresented to US Audiences
Executive Summary Statistical process control was one leg of the methods applied by Deming and the Toyota Production System, however, while the other methods have been de-emphasized, statistical process control has been overemphasized, and this is for a premeditated reason ...
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Optimization with Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
What This Article Covers Considering the History of Cost Accounting What is Throughput Accounting? Throughput Accounting Versus Cost Accounting How Dated and Counterproductive is Cost Accounting? Cost Accounting and KPIs How Financial Considerations Impact Supply Chain Planning Cost Optimization as ...
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optimize
What This Article Covers The History of Optimization The Impact of Having Costs Driving Scheduling Decisions Cost Optimization Versus Duration Optimization Making Good Scheduling Decisions Duration Optimization The Objective Function Introduction Cost based optimization or cost minimization has been the ...
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