Manufacturing 2.0: Shop Floor

The process improvement efforts, most notably Six Sigma and lean manufacturing initiatives, have produced impressive improvements and some additional needs. The U.S. has one of the most productive manufacturing workforces in the world. Factories are doing more with less, but clients need to figure out how they can produce even more with even less—and “without umpteen Six Sigma black belts running up and down the production line,” as one consultant puts it.

Not that there’s anything wrong with these process improvement methodologies and initiatives: after years of conducting these types of initiatives, clients want to concentrate this expertise in a more strategic manner. Rather than having Six Sigma and related programs function as a bottoms-up effort, clients need much more of a top-down effort. Here are the costs we need to address, so how do we mobilize our squadron of specialists we’ve trained to attack these costs in the most efficient manner? Pointing to a growing interest in a “more pragmatic application” of lean and Six Sigma. Manufacturing firms have been burned in the past by deploying armies of black belts on their shop floor. They have turned their focus to training a few highly capable individuals and moving them among the highest-priority projects.

MRP Consulting has become the largest Dynamics GP Manufacturing partner in North America. We have worked with over 600 companies Worldwide and are available, at ZERO cost to you, for a 1-day onsite visit in which we will map out your current processes and measure them again your current systems. Sometimes a “tune-up” is all that is needed to keep your business running as it should. We can all agree that having the right software will not only improve internal processes and productivity, but will also improve customer relationships.

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