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


"We had struggled to implement a pull system for our high-mix, low-volume products. Through implementing POLCA we dramatically reduced our WIP, freeing up cash and creating additional space for manufacturing. In addition, our internal chaos decreased, and customer satisfaction and profitability increased." – Tom Schabel, CEO, Alexandria Industries, Alexandria, Minnesota

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Award-winning academic-industry partnership benefits industrial engineering students

Few students get a chance to present their research project to the senior leadership team of a multi-million-dollar company and work with its business intelligence team to turn that project into one of its frequently used decision support tools.

But that kind of opportunity is available to industrial and systems engineering students in Ananth Krishnamurthy’s group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, thanks to a multi-year partnership among the global manufacturing company National Oilwell Varco (NOV), UW-Madison, Penn State University, and Texas A&M University.

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Aldevron, Center for Quick Response Manufacturing Win Applied Research Challenge for Innovations in Protein Manufacturing

A collaboration between biotechnology company Aldevron and the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering to develop decision support tools for biomanufacturing has been awarded first place in the 2016 Applied Research Challenge organized by the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS).

This competition was established by POMS as a way to encourage its members to conduct rigorous applied research that is innovative and relevant to production and operations management.

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Quick Response Manufacturing Certificate Program

Tempus Institute offers a QRM Certificate Program to provide a credential for practitioners who demonstrate capability and knowledge of QRM. There are three certificates available. Level One is a certificate of QRM Knowledge for those who have been trained in QRM and participated in a project. Level Two is a certificate of QRM Leadership for those who have demonstrated skill in QRM training and implementation. Level Three is a certificate of QRM Mastery for those who have made contributions to the QRM body of knowledge.   

Bill Ritchie, President and Founder of Tempus Institute based in Dayton, Ohio, notes that the certificate program is a useful credential for both external consultants who assist enterprises in QRM implementation and internal employees who want to demonstrate their QRM skill to become Champions that sustain lead time reduction into the future. He notes that Dr. Suri considers Level Two Certificate holders eligible to use his materials for training.

Level One – QRM Knowledge
Outline of Requirements:

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Warnacut Publishes “The Monetary Value of Time – Why Traditional Accounting Systems Make Customers Wait”

Of particular interest to the QRM community is a new book that examines accounting practices from the perspective of a high-mix, low-volume manufacturing environment.  Author Joyce Warnacut contends that traditional accounting systems and metrics run counter to lead time reduction principals, often increasing customers wait time, rather than reducing it.

Warnacut states, “The ability to deliver a product that is made to customer specifications, at a competitive price, in the quantity needed, and at the same time quicker than the competitors is a distinct strategic advantage in many markets.  However, traditional cost accounting systems will tell you that the process of creating strategic advantage in this fashion is not cost-effective.”

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