Monthly Archives - January 2010

On Manufacturing – Drum-Buffer-Rope: On Throughput and WIP – Part 4 in a Series of 7

Picking up from our prior post on Throughput… To get an ideal flow time for a complex assembly, use the version of Little’s Law that stipulates (stay with me [...]


Posted By Comments: 0 0Post Date: January 29, 2010

On Manufacturing – Drum-Buffer-Rope: The Buffer – Part 3 in a Series of 7

The simple way, in theory, to resolve a constraint is to throw inventory ahead of it, right?  After all, with enough material coming into the bottleneck, you never [...]


Posted By Comments: 0 0Post Date: January 27, 2010

On Manufacturing – Drum-Buffer-Rope: The Drum – Part 2 in a Series of 7

What’s a bottleneck?  Every production system consists in one way or another of a series of discrete steps, right?  We noted earlier that the rhythm of the production [...]


Posted By Comments: 0 0Post Date: January 25, 2010

On Manufacturing – Drum-Buffer-Rope: Part 1 in a Series of 7

As alluded to in my prior post: With this entry, I’ll start a series of seven articles covering topics of interest to manufacturers.  In particular, we’ll delve into [...]


Posted By Comments: 2 0Post Date: January 21, 2010

Manufacturing Constraints: When Scheduling and Capacity Don’t Meet

A recent article in APICS Magazine reminds us of the complexity of accurately and efficiently planning production in the manufacturing environment, whether you’re in a continuous or a [...]


Posted By Comments: 1 0Post Date: January 16, 2010

Teach Your Children

Sometimes, you get struck by a comment that is both simple and profound.  I like the one that Vice President Joe Biden’s mother, Jean Biden, who just died [...]


Posted By Comments: 1 0Post Date: January 12, 2010

Backshoring?

As a follow-up to my previous post, here’s another encouraging trend in global manufacturing to watch. [Original artwork by Edward Burtynsky, available (and credit) here.] Outsourcing – the movement of [...]


Posted By Comments: 3 0Post Date: January 8, 2010

Manufacturers: A New Year, A New Decade, A Renewed Optimism?

Mea culpa.  I’ve been a bad blogger, which is to say, I haven’t.  Blogged, that is.  Holidays, and year-end and all.  To fix that, this and the following [...]


Posted By Comments: 0 0Post Date: January 6, 2010