Cycle Time Management for Manufacturers

Total Quality Management...Just-In-Time…Short Cycle Manufacturing...Total Customer Service…all share the same principle – effectively manage both operational and administrative cycle times. Today, TIME has become the single largest tactical advantage for successful manufacturers. Why? Simply put; no matter how excellent your products are or how high the quality of those products, unless you can deliver them faster than your competitors, your customers will take their business elsewhere. They simply cannot afford to wait. Market dynamics are becoming increasingly short-cycled, product life cycles shorter, price-point pressures greater, and competition for consumers more intense. According to recent Commerce Department statistics, the window of opportunity for most domestic products today is smaller by 30% than it was only five years ago. Couple that with the recent movement by most primary and Tier 1 manufacturers to reduce their supply bases by 65% to 70% over the next three years, and you have the formula for either a significant market share increase, or business failure depending upon how effectively you are managing your total cycle time.

Class Details

Class Name:
Cycle Time Management for Manufacturers
Manufacturing managers, plant managers, engineering managers, design engineers, manufacturing engineers, process engineers, industrial engineers, manufacturing supervisors, planning and procurement managers, scheduling managers…anyone associated with the operations, product development, and scheduling functions within your organization.
2 Day Course

Learning Objectives

  • How to baseline your current operations and processes
  • How to establish customer-focused cycle time metrics and benchmarks
  • How to prioritize cycle time opportunities
  • How to apply reengineering techniques to safely reduce direct and indirect cycle times
  • How to increase quality while reducing cycle time
  • How to utilize concurrency to your advantage
  • How to measure your current cycle time costs
  • How to identify and quantify customer requirements and expectations
  • How to assess current process cycle times
  • How to measure the ROI of your cycle time reduction activities in terms important to management
  • How to employ reengineering techniques to set-up reduction and change-over activities
  • How to employ Rapid Product Deployment effectively to reduce total time-to-market
  • How to involve your supply base in your cycle time reduction efforts
  • How to measure internal risk factors
  • How to implement your cycle time reduction plans

Outline At-a-Glance

  • All Work Is a Process
  • Where to Begin CTM Activities
  • Understanding the Process Completely
  • Assessing the Cycle Time Model
  • Developing the New Cycle Time Baseline
  • Implementing the Changes

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