Quick Response Manufacturing //
A powerful tool for reducing lead times in all phases of manufacturing and office operations
Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) is a companywide strategy to reduce lead times across your enterprise. It can bring your products to market more quickly and secure your business prospects by helping you compete in a rapidly changing manufacturing arena. It will increase profitability by reducing non–value–added time, cutting inventory and increasing return on investment.
QRM - Not Another Buzzword
QRM is not just another buzzword. In fact, QRM builds on the foundations of strategies like Lean and Six Sigma. It enables your company to be more competitive in manufacturing custom-engineered products in low or varying volumes at high quality and short lead times.See how QRM complements Lean across the enterprise
The QRM Center is a partnership between companies, faculty and students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, dedicated to the research and implementation of lead time reduction principles.Learn more about what we do and how to join us.
Since 1993, the QRM Center has worked with more than 200 companies to reduce lead times. For many, QRM implementation brought some impressive results.Check results reported by QRM companies and read what industry professionals have to say about them.
QRM Center News
High-speed trains zipping by meeting room windows provided a fitting backdrop for this year’s QRM Conference held from June 4-7 in Arnhem, Netherlands. The futuristic Intercity trains served as a vivid reminder of QRM’s increasing international reach. Organized by the European QRM Center at HAN University, this was the first time the event was held outside the US. But their breathtaking acceleration also illustrated the overarching theme of the event: the need for speed in today’s global marketplace and how companies from around the world have used QRM to become more responsive to their customers. Focusing on short lead times as a competitive advantage is an urgent matter for many manufacturing enterprises: faced with an uncertain economic situation at home and increased competition from...Written on 13 June 2012Read More
Jun 4, 2013 - Jun 6, 2013
Monona Terrace Convention Center, Madison, Wis.
The 2013 international conference will feature case studies on the application of QRM principles to shop floor, engineering and office operations. You'll want to be present for a special reception following the first day's activities which will celebrate 20 years of Quick Response Manufacturing.
Registration deadline: May 31, 2013
Jul 16, 2013 - Jul 17, 2013
DoubleTree Hotel, Madison, Wis.
Get a full understanding of the QRM strategy at this hands-on workshop covering all aspects of QRM and providing a roadmap for implementation at your company.
Presenter: Prof. Rajan Suri
Registration deadline: Jul 10, 2013
Aug 14, 2013 - Aug 14, 2013
Hilton Garden Inn Eden Prairie, Eden Prairie, Minn.
A short and concise four-hour introduction to the core principles of Quick Response Manufacturing and their application in high-mix, low-volume environments.
Presenter: Prof. Ananth Krishnamurthy
Registration deadline: Aug 7, 2013