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QRM Center welcomes new director

Fourteen years after launching and continuously leading the Center for Quick Response Manufacturing, QRM founder Prof. Rajan Suri has handed the reins to Prof. Ananth Krishnamurthy.

“Every organization benefits from new leadership from time to time,” Suri says. “For personal and family reasons, I have decided that I will no longer be involved with the University of Wisconsin on a full-time basis.”

Krishnamurthy was selected after a yearlong nationwide search for a successor to Suri. He comes to the QRM Center from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York, where he was an assistant professor from 2002-2007 in the Department of Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems. More ...

Manufacturers step up the pace

Quick Response Manufacturing helps companies minimize the time it takes for products to flow through their operations. It can make companies more nimble and responsive — and reduce costs.

There were about 185 participants at the conference at the Monona Terrace Convention Center, including managers from Harley-Davidson Inc., Oshkosh Truck Corp., P&H Mining Equipment Inc. and Trek Bicycle Corp.

Quick-response manufacturing can work for companies that make a variety of products with uncertain order patterns.

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Rajan Suri, QRM Theory Honored by SME International Award

Rajan Suri, professor of Industrial Engineering at the University of Wisconsin
and director of the Center for Quick Response Manufacturing, has been named
winner of the 2006 Albert M. Sargent Progress Award by the Society of Manufacturing
Engineers (SME).

This prestigious award recognizes technical accomplishments in the field of
manufacturing processes, methods and systems. Suri was honored for his
creation and implementation of Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) philosophy,
a comprehensive lead-time and cost reduction strategy that aligns
the entire enterprise to respond rapidly to customer needs.

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P&H digging in

Firm invests in plant to meet mining boom.

With its business buoyed by strong worldwide demand for commodities, P&H Mining Equipment plans to invest nearly $17 million in its West Milwaukee plant to increase production capacity and improve efficiency.

P&H is purchasing cutting, grinding, milling and turning equipment used to make surface mining equipment, said Neil Massey, vice president of operations. New machine tools will enable the company to meet demand until the next downturn in the highly cyclical mining equipment manufacturing sector, Massey said. More ...

TCI Moves to Quick Response Manufacturing of Supporting Equipment for Variable-Speed Electric Drives

TCI’s move to Quick Response Manufacturing methods has reduced lead time from weeks to days (even 24 hours in some cases). Short lead times means that TCI customers only order what they need, ultimately reducing their inventory costs.

Trans-Coil turned to quick response manufacturing methods aimed at reducing product lead times from weeks to days. In some cases, the company's products are now built and shipped in a 24-hour period.

With quick-response manufacturing, companies minimize the time it takes for products to flow through their operations. It can make companies more nimble, responsive, and lower costs, according to the strategy's advocates.

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