HW2 Summary_Nsell.docx - Nicholas Sell IE 4620 Summary Slashing Lead Times in Belgium A company named Provan was producing stoves for its customers The

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Nicholas Sell IE 4620 9/9/2019 Summary: Slashing Lead Times in Belgium A company named Provan was producing stoves for its customers. The customers liked the product and wanted to receive more variety of stoves from Provan, forcing them to try to produce three different variations of stove with differing parts in the same manufacturing space. It was calculated by management that the change would increase the needed warehouse space threefold. Provan planned to implement a quick response manufacturing (QRM) system which involved grouping all post-laser cutting processes into one U-shaped manufacturing cell. This drastically reduces the movement of units around the plant, significantly reducing batch sizes, and decreasing lead times. In order to make the most of the improved manufacturing system and make it work for a varying product, Provan introduced a new paired-cell overlapping loops of cards with authorization (POLCA) system. This system color-coded the different cells and workstations and attached cards corresponding to
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