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A university-industry partnership dedicated to improving manufacturing competitiveness through research and implementation of lead time reduction principles.

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Presentations of Student Team Projects with Industry
Industry Projects
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Presentations of Student Team Projects with Industry

Join us for this members-only program showcasing the results of recent student projects with industry partners.

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Industry Projects

Since 1993, university faculty, students and industry partners have collaborated on a wide variety of QRM projects.

Check our QRM project guide for more information on this hands-on resource.

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QRM Center members receive exclusive benefits helping them to implement QRM fast and efficiently.

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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.







Suri Publishes New Book: “The Practitioner's Guide to POLCA” 

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Dr. Rajan Suri, UW Professor emeritus and founding director of the Center for Quick Response Manufacturing, has published a new book, “The Practitioner’s Guide to POLCA: The Production Control System for High-Mix, Low-Volume and Custom Products.”

POLCA is particularly suited to companies manufacturing high-mix, low-volume and customized products. Such companies struggle with long lead times, late deliveries, and daily expediting to meet delivery dates. ERP systems are not designed to deal with this highly variable environment, and add-on software such as Finite Capacity Scheduling systems can require complex installation. Also, the Kanban system does not work well with low-volume or custom production. POLCA has delivered impressive results...

Upcoming Events

Presentations of Student Team Projects with Industry

May 1, 2018 - May 1, 2018

Fluno Center, Madison, WI

An exclusive, members-only program showcasing the tangible results of recent student projects conducted by the Center for Quick Response Manufacturing.

Registration deadline: Apr 25, 2018

How to Implement QRM

Jul 17, 2018 - Jul 18, 2018

Fluno Center, Madison, WI

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 13, 2018

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