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For companies making a high variety of products or offering custom-engineered solutions, implementing flow using pull strategies can be a challenge. Determining the optimal kanban quantities in high-mix environments with demand fluctuations is a complex task. Similarly, implementing takt time concepts presents significant problems for many manufacturers of custom or even one-of-a-kind highly engineered products.
POLCA (Paired-cell Overlapping Loops of Cards with Authorization) is a card-based production control strategy specifically designed for these environments. The hybrid push/pull system effectively overcomes the limitations of pull (kanban) and push (MRP) systems. When implemented in the context of a larger manufacturing strategy based on principles of Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM), POLCA has helped companies significantly reduce inventory and lead times while improving delivery performance and throughput.
You'll learn how POLCA and QRM help you:
Ananth Krishnamurthy assumed leadership of the Center for Quick Response Manufacturing in January 2008. He earned his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the guidance of Prof. Rajan Suri, founder of the concept and methodology of Quick Response Manufacturing. Krishnamurthy has an M.S. in Manufacturing Systems Engineering, also from UW-Madison, and an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai, India.
Involved with the QRM Center for a decade, Krishnamurthy conducted and managed numerous QRM projects as a research assistant, then returned as a speaker for QRM workshops and conferences. Holding training events in the United States and Europe has earned him worldwide recognition as an expert in the implementation of POLCA, a material-control system for low-volume or custom-engineered products and a key component of the overall QRM strategy.
Krishnamurthy has consulted for Alcoa, Rockwell Automation, Ingersoll, Johnson Controls, John Deere and Trek Bicycle. He has authored numerous publications in international journals, and he is a senior member of several professional organizations. Prior to leaving the position he held as Assistant Professor from 2002–2007 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Krishnamurthy was named winner of that institution's Engineering Excellence in Education Award for 2007.
Continental breakfast and workshop check-in starting 7:30 a.m.
Course from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Networking reception from 5:15 to 7:00 p.m.
Continental breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m.
Course from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
525 W Johnson St., Madison, Wis. 53703
Call 800-222-8733 or book a guest room online at the DoubleTree website by March 24, 2017.
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$1095 per person
Discounted fee for QRM Center members: $645 (QRM member companies may enroll up to five people at the member rate.)
Fee covers workbook; continental breakfasts and lunches both days, and reception after the first day's session.
Registration deadline: April 5, 2017
Cancellations after deadline of April 5 will be assessed 25% of enrollment fee.
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