Analysis of all levels of lean manufacturing

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The benefits of lean manufacturing are obvious: build on demand, small batch production, and use Kanban management to simplify the implementation process. However, it is not easy to select production management software and its suppliers to support lean manufacturing. Because lean manufacturing (in a broad sense) introduces intelligent production and quality analysis, not just Kanban based pull production system, which greatly increases the complexity. Even Kanban based pull production itself has many levels. Moreover, ERP, enterprise lean, and factory automation software suppliers are playing the card of lean manufacturing. Many enterprises regard manufacturing execution system (MES) in lean manufacturing as an important role. Julie Fraser, head of industry direction information consulting in Massachusetts, said, "we have a lot of doubts." she said that ERP suppliers have made long-term efforts to support lean manufacturing. Manufacturing execution system is often used in lean manufacturing and six sigma. Factory intelligent software plays an important role in troubleshooting machine faults. Angus palm company of the United States produces protective devices for car equipment. It is beginning to adopt Kanban based lean system provided by demand stream company in its Tennessee factory to realize automated lean manufacturing. Returning to the main page of angus-p, rusty Coleman, the material manager of ALM company, believes that the system will be helpful to enterprises with multiple factory workshops. Coleman said that increasing the automation and instant visibility of Kanban execution in lean manufacturing is one of its main advantages. When there is no lean manufacturing software, although the material manager uses the Kanban card, he has to be busy looking at the card to find information to supplement raw materials at any time. With demand streams' products and comprehensive data set, Coleman said, "the whole query work is completely eliminated. When an operation is finished, I and others in the warehouse have a clear view of what happened on the production line." He said that another major advantage comes from the core engine of dynamic kanban. As lean manufacturing practitioners know, it enables manufacturing enterprises to produce or move materials within the factory in a timely manner, or arrange suppliers to supply materials in a timely manner. Originally, because there was no software to calculate the intricate Kanban, lean manufacturers could only make do with spreadsheet software. Coleman said, "dynamic Kanban implements production license far in accordance with the national regulations on the production license management of industrial products, which is better than any excellent tabulation software. It will recalculate the demand at every point in your lean manufacturing environment, and will display the manufacturing or purchase instructions only when the real demand occurs." The demand stream solution will be integrated with Angus palm's fourth shift ERP system. The latter is from SoftBrands, a sister enterprise of demand stream. According to Coleman, this integration has improved the turnover efficiency of small batches of materials in lean manufacturing in the ERP environment. Integration with ERP in Angus palm company, the integration with ERP keeps the transactions of the enterprise updated at all times, without using ERP to distribute materials or reduce orders at every step of kanban. Coleman said, "with demand stream, we can record all the information we need while reducing the production batch." Ianachterkirch, partner of demand stream, explained that the basic engine of the system tries to turn a supplementary signal into an ERP purchase order. He said, "when a company introduces dynamic Kanban management, it will make some lean manufacturing operations encounter difficulties, but Kanban can never be combined with the inventory system. If you can't combine the two, your indirect cost will increase, because everything you do is also the general principle of traditional modification, which needs to be done twice." The industry's view of it use in lean manufacturing is changing. John Richardson, CEO of Cimnet, a manufacturing execution system supplier, said: "many enterprises have mixed traditional order manufacturing and lean manufacturing transportation lines or downstream operations. This phenomenon is very common. Manufacturers need an appropriate system that can manage both at the same time." Richardson said that compared with the first prevalence of the lean concept, the other reasons why lean manufacturing based on it technology is increasingly accepted are that today's systems have become more modular and configurable, and have better performance in communicating data with supply chain partners. "Most companies that do business with us hope that data collection can be carried out for the problem of their experimental itinerary." Richardson said that data collection points need to be well defined and limited. Some data can be linked to the machine or controller through the interface to get the best collection results - but few manufacturers oppose lean manufacturing or it support today. Richardson said, "we no longer need to fight such a concept war." Tom buffo, director of QAD company, an enterprise product management software supplier, said that the company has a full set of lean production modules required for Kanban Based Pull Production - including Kanban calculation, portfolio analysis and load reduction functions. He said that in the one year since the lean module was put into the market in the autumn of 2002, 80 companies have adopted the solution. Buffo said that more lean manufacturers realize that they need a system that can not only implement lean manufacturing, but also collect information such as ideal production batch, product synthesis, production distance and time - for example, a computing function that can synchronize lean manufacturing with demand. He said that these tools can properly set up and adjust the lean production line when necessary. "In lean manufacturing, it is difficult to expand in multiple work units, production lines or factories using purely manual methods." The role of manufacturing execution system suppliers of manufacturing execution system have different abilities to support one-piece flow and Kanban, but most solutions of manufacturing execution system are excellent in collecting detailed execution data and quality related data. Fraser of industry direction said, "from the perspective of quality assurance, using manufacturing execution system to support lean manufacturing is the general trend. Manufacturing execution system can not only analyze, but also guide electronic operations and command dispatch operations

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