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Strategic Scheduling for Lean

Strategic Scheduling for Lean Manufacturing

Fundamentals & Dynamics of Scheduling

In this seminar, participants design a Lean scheduling system for their own plant.  They will integrate the six basic scheduling methods into a practical strategy for Lean Manufacturing. This is a unique offering that covers fundamental topics not found in the usual kanban or scheduling courses.  

Program Summary

Format Onsite Workshop Oline Who Should Attend?
Time 2-Day 2-4 Wks Managers
Materials Managers
Production Supervisors
Cost $5700 (Includes Travel) $4700
Participants 5-40 5-20
Next Step Call us at 816-931-1414

Participants Will Learn...

Some Basics

Inventory, Capacity, & Backlog


The Science Behind Scheduling

Rationalized Lot Sizing

Production Scheduling Methods



Period Batch Control

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Re-Order Point (ROP)

Materials Requirements Planning (MRP)

Developing Your Strategy

Program Outline

1. Introduction

What Is Scheduling?

Identify Your Objectives

How To Measure Performance

2. Forecasting

The Components of A Forecast

Forecasting Methods

How Good Is Your Forecast?

 3. Inventory, Capacity & Backlog

 Inventory Record Accuracy

The Role of Inventory


How To Measure & Define Capacity

What Capacity Should You Provide?

What Is Backlog?

Backlog, Inventory, & Capacity

Make-To-Stock, Make-To-Order, or Assemble-To-Order?

 4. Lot Sizing

What Lot Size Should You make?

How Lot Size Affects Scheduling & Inventory

5. Theory of Constraints (TOC)

Marching Exercise

The Corrupting Effects of Variability 

How To Apply TOC

6. The Dynamics of Production Systems

The Beer Game

Instability & Chaos

 7. Six Production Control Methods

What Is Kanban?

Exercise: Operating A Kanban System

How To Design A Kanban System

Re-Order Point (ROP, Min-Max)

Materials Resource Planning (MRP/ERP)

How Does MRP/ERP Work?

The Hazards of MRP/ERP

How To Make MRP More Effective

Integrating MRP/ERP With Other Methods

 8. Putting It Together

Developing Your Strategy

The Hierarchy of Methods


Backlog, Inventory & Capacity are interchangeable.

Economic Lot Sizing 


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The Strategos Guide To Value Stream and Process Mapping goes  beyond symbols and arrows. In over 163 pages it tells the reader not only how to do it but what to do with it.

Strategos Guide to Value Stream & Process Mapping

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