Mastering Flow with High Product Mixes and Unpredictable Demand

How to build-to-demand in complex mixed model manufacturing environments

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Tue, Feb 06, 2018 at 10:00 AM EST

About This Webinar

Today’s manufacturing operations face a number of challenges, including a high variety of products, shared resources and uncertain demand. So how do manufacturers create flow in these environments? This webinar, based on the best-selling book by Kevin J. Duggan, Creating Mixed Model Value Streams, will explain – step-by-step – how to apply advanced lean techniques to design mixed model value streams that increase efficiency, quality and on-time delivery. Attendees will leave armed with the insight to create a future state that supports mixed model production at the pull of the customer. This webinar was previously titled Creating Mixed Model Value Streams.

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Key Takeaways

  • The best way to determine product families and which equipment should be dedicated to a family versus shared
  • How to calculate takt capability to meet different rates of customer demand
  • The importance of establishing a pacemaker to determine the speed at which the value stream will operate – and how to create one even when processes are separated by distance or have imbalanced cycle times.
  • New concepts on sequencing, such as FIFO lanes and offset scheduling

This re-occurring webinar is an overview of the concepts taught in an 8-hour session during our three-day Value Stream Design for Operational Excellence training event.


Abe DabdoubAbe Dabdoub, EEng, MBA, Senior Faculty Member at the Institute for Operational Excellence, teaches and implements lean principles that achieve OpEx in both manufacturing and business processes environments. Abe has guided global organizations to achieve Operational Excellence including Aetna, FMC Technologies, Sikorsky, Senior Aerospace, and United Technologies Corporation. Prior to joining the Institute, Dabdoub served as Director of Operations at Parker Hannifin Corporation (Parker Aerospace), where he was responsible for the operations, maintenance, materials management, quality, safety, manufacturing engineering and lean manufacturing implementation. Previously, he was the Director of Operations at Precision Castparts Corporation (Cherry Aerospace), served as Plant Manager at Rockwell Automation, and held various positions at Ford Motor Company.