How to Implement QRM - Upcoming Events

Jul 23, 2019
Jul 24, 2019

How to Implement QRM

Registration deadline: Jul 19, 2019

Fluno Center, Madison, Wis.

How to Implement Quick Response Manufacturing


Reducing lead times ensures satisfied customers, is good for business and provides an enterprisewide management strategy to improve the competitiveness of your company. In this workshop, you will learn how a unified focus on reducing lead times can eliminate waste, reduce costs and improve quality in all areas of your enterprise.

Time is the most important resource in today's increasingly competitive global markets. While short product lead times will make customers stick with a company and ensure growing market share, long lead times often result in large inventories, high WIP, unhappy customers and, ultimately, falling competitiveness.

In this workshop, you will find out about the many hidden costs of long lead times and see how Quick Response Manufacturing tools and methods can be used to eliminate these costs in all functional areas of your enterprise.

After finishing this course, you will be able to:

  • Assess the lead time situation in your company
  • Identify improvement opportunities
  • Use your understanding of QRM principles to convince others of the need for change
  • Start implementing an initial QRM project


The Power of Time

  • The many hidden costs of long lead times and the power of short lead times
  • Pitfalls of traditional methods and how QRM provides a new approach to lead time reduction
  • Evaluating your organization(s) through short QRM quiz
  • Group workshop on waste due to long lead times

QRM in Production

  • Defining product families and implementing cells for low-volume or customized production
  • How to time-slice shared resources
  • Group workshop on implementing cells
  • Group workshop: lead time reduction using rapid modeling tool

QRM and Your Money

  • QRM impact on bottom line; time-based project justification
  • Accounting strategies

Material Planning Strategies and Tools for QRM

  • Capacity planning: key relationships between utilization and lead time
  • Strategies for developing effective lot sizes
  • High-level MRP scheduling
  • Why standard kanban (pull) methods may not be effective for highly customized or low-volume products
  • How POLCA, a card-based shop floor control system, speeds the flow of jobs in these situations

Applying QRM in the Office

  • Defining product families for office operations
  • How to create office cells to streamline cost estimating, order processing and product engineering

Conquering Obstacles to QRM

  • Rethinking traditional efficiency and utilization measures
  • Examining case studies and examples to see how it's done
  • Identifying obstacles to implementing QRM and how to overcome them

Implementing QRM

  • Management mindset (cost-based versus time-based decisions)
  • Performance measures to support QRM
  • Steps to successful implementation
  • Group workshop: implementation of QRM in your organization


Ananth Krishnamurthy, Director

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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.

Rajan Suri, Founding Director

Rajan Suri

Rajan Suri served as Professor of Industrial Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1985-2008. He earned his bachelor's degree from Cambridge University (England) and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Suri founded the Center for Quick Response Manufacturing in 1993, envisioning a consortium of companies that would work in partnership with the university and with each other to understand and implement lead time reduction strategies.

He is internationally regarded as an expert on the analysis of manufacturing systems, and he wrote the book Quick Response Manufacturing: A Companywide Approach to Reducing Lead Times (Productivity Press). Suri has consulted for leading firms including Alcoa, Danfoss, IBM, John Deere, National Oilwell Varco, Pratt & Whitney, Rockwell Automation and Trek Bicycle. Consulting assignments in Europe and the Far East, along with projects for the World Bank, have given him an international perspective on manufacturing competitiveness.

Suri has received awards from the American Automatic Control Council, The Institute of Management Sciences and the IEEE. In 1999, Suri was made a Fellow of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), and in 2006 he received SMEs Albert M. Sargent Progress Award for the creation and implementation of the Quick Response Manufacturing philosophy.


Participants say about this workshop:

This was the best and most professional workshop I have attended in the last 10 years.

Jan ter Bogt
Principal | ter Bogt Consultancy
The Netherlands

An eye opening way to look at many issues that have burdened our company for years. Finally a solution that creates less not more paperwork.

Jim Koberg
Factory Manager | Trystar Cables
Faribault, Minn.

Amazing eye-opener. For years we work on set-up and run times when the 800lb gorilla in the room is the white space!

Robert Leahy
Operations Manager | EMT West
Henderson, Nev.

Extremely applicable material. The real world scenarios that Ananth [Krishnamurthy] spoke of during every portion of the workshop made my "light bulb" get stuck on the "on" position.

Matthew Niemann
Industrial Engineer | Kreg Tool Company
Huxley, Iowa


How to Implement QRM - Upcoming Events

Jul 23, 2019
Jul 24, 2019

How to Implement QRM

Registration deadline: Jul 19, 2019

Fluno Center, Madison, Wis.

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Workshop fee

$1145 (QRM Center members may send up to five people for $695 each.)

Fee covers workbook; Rajan Suri's book Quick Response Manufacturing: A Companywide Approach to Reducing Lead Times; continental breakfasts and lunches both days, and reception after the first day's session.

Contact Person

Chris Wood
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