Production

Production: Big Vs. Small Batches

Manufacturing organisations have always faced the same dilemma over what is the appropriate batch quantity to manufacture – whether that is a Minimum Batch Quantity (MBQ) or an Economic Batch Quantity (EBQ) or quantities that match customer orders exactly. These terminologies can be heard in planning meetings around the world… This tells us there is

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High OTIF, DDP, DIFOT… Whatever Your Measure Is, Here’s How to Deliver On-Time.

It doesn’t matter how good the quality of your product is, customers will not buy from you if you cannot deliver their orders. Very few – if any – businesses can deliver to their customers significantly late and maintain a good relationship. Reliability often translates to customer loyalty. What’s more, whilst companies are fighting fires

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High OTIF, DDP, DIFOT… Whatever Your Measure Is, Here’s How to Deliver On-Time.

It doesn’t matter how good the quality of your product is, customers will not buy from you if you cannot deliver their orders. Very few – if any – businesses can deliver to their customers significantly late and maintain a good relationship. Reliability often translates to customer loyalty. What’s more, whilst companies are fighting fires

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How to Recognise and Satisfy Special Cause Consumption In Your Supply Chain.

If you live in the UK, you will be aware of the recent petrol shortage. Many of us have had to endure large queues to fill up your tank, sit in traffic surrounding petrol stations, or have simply seen it all over the news. The shortage of petrol has stemmed from a reduced amount of

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So, You Think You Know ‘The Goal’…

We’re sure you have come across the best-selling business novel ‘The Goal’ by Eli Goldratt and how its principles can be applied to production environments (if you haven’t you can request a free copy here). But don’t be fooled – Goldratt’s Five Focusing Steps can be applied anywhere in any organisation to improve flow and

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Pharmaceutical Manufacture: Dealing with Limited Capacity

Since the 1980s, Goldratt UK has worked with many pharmaceuticals organisations – both in clinical research and in API and dose production and packaging. The market has always been a challenging environment for pharmaceutical producers, the population is growing and demand is not decreasing; expectations of life and healthcare are going up. In less than twenty years, the number of people aged sixty-five

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Backlog? How to Prioritise Orders.

As the years have gone by, it’s no longer good enough to have 60% on-time delivery with relatively long lead-times… customers’ expectations of response and supply are becoming more and more demanding. Customers want your products sooner and sooner; they want it on-time. This puts real pressure on production environments. There are times where you

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Bottlenecks in Breweries: Don’t Run Dry!

Let’s talk about beer; or rather, let’s talk about making beer. Let’s talk about beer; or rather, let’s talk about making beer. Bottlenecks (no pun intended…) manifest in all businesses, and breweries are no exception. Most organisations have a difficult time identifying their bottleneck but if you work in a brewery, you “should” find it

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