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, Apr 17, 2018 at 2:00 PM EDT

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.


kevin j. dugganKevin J. Duggan is a renowned expert in applying advanced lean techniques to achieve Operational Excellence and the author of four books on the subject: Design for Operational Excellence: A Breakthrough Strategy for Business Growth, Creating Mixed Model Value Streams, Operational Excellence in Your Office: A Guide to Achieving Autonomous Value Stream Flow with Lean Techniques and Beyond the Lean Office: A Novel on Progressing from Lean Tools to Operational Excellence. As the Founder of the Institute for Operational Excellence, the leading educational center on Operational Excellence, and Duggan Associates, an international training and advisory firm, Kevin has assisted many major corporations worldwide, including United Technologies Corporation, Caterpillar, FMC Technologies, Pratt & Whitney, Singapore Airlines, IDEX Corporation, GKN and Parker Hannifin. A recognized expert on Operational Excellence, Kevin is a frequent keynote speaker, master of ceremonies, and panelist at international conferences, and has appeared on CNN and the Fox Business Network.