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How to Implement POLCA
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How to Implement POLCA

Join us for this workshop in Madison, Wis., and learn how to implement POLCA, a card-based production control strategy for high-mix, low volume environments.

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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.

Join the QRM Center

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.

Upcoming Events

How to Implement POLCA

Apr 11, 2018 - Apr 12, 2018

DoubleTree by Hilton Madison Downtown, Madison, Wis.

POLCA is a card-based production control strategy designed for high-mix, low-volume environments. Join us for this workshop for a comprehensive overview and run a factory on POLCA and Kanban during a hands-on simulation exercise.

Presenter: Prof. Ananth Krishnamurthy

Registration deadline: Apr 6, 2018

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 27, 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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