How to Use Manufacturing Critical-path Time (MCT) for Continuous Improvement and Lead Time Reduction IN CSIS

Event Details

Date: April 13, 2022
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Central Time)
Format: In-person training at the Fluno Center, Madison, Wisconsin
Registration deadline: April 6, 2022

Learn to Use QRM’s Precise Metric for Lead Time Measurement

In partnership with industry, the Center for Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) has developed Manufacturing Critical-path Time (MCT), a precise time-based metric designed to capture how engineering, order processing, manufacturing, raw material procurement and shipping are linked while fulfilling customer orders. The metric allows you to discover new improvement opportunities by highlighting system-wide waste such as stockpiling finished goods and partially completed components.

Speakers from John Deere and the University of Wisconsin-Madison will explain the MCT metric and feature hands-on exercises to demonstrate how to create MCT maps to prioritize opportunities for continuous improvement to support better order fulfillment. Focusing on Manufacturing Critical-path Time has helped companies cut lead times by over 80%, improve on-time delivery to over 99% and reduce costs by 10-15%.

What you will learn:

  • Definition of Manufacturing Critical-path Time (MCT)
  • Understanding the business impact of MCT reduction: reduced operating costs, improved quality, and better on-time delivery
  • How to use MCT to identify opportunities to improve operations in the shop floor, office and supply chain
  • “Hands-on” exercises to teach you how to calculate MCT
  • Tools for MCT Mapping, including an Excel-based tool available free to attendees
  • How MCT analysis focuses and complements your Value Stream Mapping (VSM) efforts
  • Using MCT Mapping to communicate opportunities and convince management

Rajan Suri, QRM Center Founding Director

Professor Rajan Suri
Rajan Suri, QRM Center Founding Director

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.

Nathan Stoflet, Global Supply Management Process Lead, John Deere

Global Supply Management Process Lead

Nathan Stoflet Manages the North American Metal Supply Council of the Agricultural and Turf Division at John Deer Harvester Works in East Moline, Illinois. His areas of expertise include operations management, supply chain management, Lean and Quick Response Manufacturing.  He is a frequent contributor to the QRM Center’s instruction of the Manufacturing Critical-path Time metric.

Nathan started at John Deere as a supplier development engineer in 2003 and in 2006 was appointed supervisor, responsible for aligning and improving supplier order-fulfillment capabilities and providing increased flexibility and responsiveness, improved utilization of assets and lower overall costs.  Prior to joining Deere, he was a continuous improvement engineer at Pella Corporation.

Nathan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and an M.S. in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Charlene Yauch, Associate Director, QRM Center

Professor Charlene Yauch
Professor Charlene Yauch

Charlene A. Yauch, Ph.D., P.E., has been an engineering educator for over 18 years at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) and Oklahoma State University. Her notable honors include five teaching awards and a National Science Foundation Career grant. As the Industrial Engineering program director at MSOE, she expanded elective course offerings, upgraded lab facilities and equipment, and helped the IISE student chapter host a regional conference. She has taught a wide variety of classes, including Contemporary Manufacturing Systems, Materials & Manufacturing Processes, Computer Numerical Control Machining, Automation Technologies, and Engineering Economy.

Her professional interests relate to the implementation of manufacturing system improvements, such as Quick Response, Lean, and Agile Manufacturing, with emphasis on the human, social, and organizational aspects. Prior to her doctoral degree, she worked in industry for six years, performing a wide variety of tasks for manufacturing firms, including simulation modeling, facility layout, and process improvement. Dr. Yauch has a multi-disciplinary educational background with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University, and graduate degrees in sociology (M.S.), manufacturing systems engineering (M.S.), and industrial engineering (Ph.D.) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Event Schedule

Course from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (CDT).

Course handout to be provided.

Continental breakfast and buffet lunch will be provided.  Attendees will also receive a copy of Rajan Suri’s book, the MCT Quick Reference Guide.

Course Fees

$495 per person.

Discounted fee for QRM Center members: $295 per person.

Fee covers training session, workbook,  continental breakfast, buffet lunch and a copy of Rajan Suri’s book, the MCT Quick Reference Guide.


Registration deadline: April 6, 2022

Workshop attendees are responsible for making their own arrangements for overnight
accommodations. The workshop fee does not include hotel accommodations. However, for your
convenience, a room block has been reserved for workshop attendees at the Fluno Center at a
reduced rate.

Fluno Center


Call 1-877-773-5866 or book a guest room online at the Fluno Center’s dedicated web page for this
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