Development of the Global Materials Management Operations Guideline Logistics Evaluation (MMOG/LE)

The Global MMOG/LE self-assessment should be used by any organisation that wants to gain a clear understanding of and honestly assess the performance, capability, efficiency, effectiveness, quality, robustness, scalability, and sustainability of an their supply chain management processes. Global MMOG/LE can be used: By an organisation to evaluate its own supply chain management processes, performance… Read more »

Risk management to deliver launch excellence in product lifecycle

risk management

Value is a function of risk and return. Every decision either increases, preserves, or erodes value. Activities undertaken to launch new products can cause risks which need to be effectively managed if the return of business growth is to be achieved. Risk management is integral to the pursuit of product launch excellence and strategic minded… Read more »

Saying Goodbye to Mr Ford and Mr Taylor…..

Industry 4.0 has become a new buzzword within Industry over recent years, but what exactly is it? And what factors have brought this ‘new era’ about? There are a number of driving factors… Changing Customer and Market demands for more and more individual products, exactly when they want it. No more Ford Model-T mind set… Read more »

Response Time Spirals

QRM is a strategy for reducing lead-times across all functions of an organisation, the resulting improvement in speed and responsiveness providing the organisation with a competitive advantage. Many well-known Lean Manufacturing tools have been developed for high volume/low variety, or ‘mass production’ environments. Think of techniques such a Pull Systems, Kanban, Line Balancing and Heijunka … Read more »

Successful launch of Industry Forum’s Free NPI self-assessment

The big question for many organisations starting on NPI improvement journey is: What should they do first? A good starting point is to complete an internal analysis to identify strengths and weaknesses. This approach can be both more cost effective and can help to prioritise improvement activities. To facilitate this internal analysis, a robust self-assessment… Read more »

The Importance of Measurement Systems Analysis

As we all know IATF 16949 requires us to carry out Measurement System Analysis to analyse the variation present in the results of each type of inspection, measurement and test equipment system identified in the control plan. IATF clause:- 7.1.5.1.1 Measurement system analysis. The NOTE attached clarifies focus on:- Prioritization of MSA studies should focus… Read more »

Product launch excellence delivered with project management principles

For almost any manufacturer, accelerating the time to market of new product introduction is a key strategic imperative within the constantly changing nature of today’s market environments. Aspirational growth targets are fundamental to future business strategy and a large part of achieving this growth will involve the introduction of new opportunities and new products into… Read more »

Spring Clean Your Business and Clear Out Your Dead Stock

As we welcome in the new financial year for many companies, it’s time to spring clean your stores and refresh your inventory policy. “The holy grail of Supply Chain is having the right stock of the right product is ever elusive…you’ll never get it right 100% of the time – but you can get close… Read more »