How Does Protected Flow Manufacturing Benefit Sales?

You probably know that Protected Flow Manufacturing (PFM) offers your manufacturing shop a better way to plan and execute on the manufacturing floor. PFM protects you against all the variables that can throw off your schedule. PFM is easy to use, simple to understand, and powerful in the results it delivers. As your shop improves its performance with PFM, your …

Manufacturers: Give Your Employees What They Want

Protected Flow Manufacturing Empowers Employees with Advanced Technology That’s Easy to Use The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has recently reported that workplace tech impacts hiring and worker retention. The survey of nearly 250 business executives, managers and consultants found that: Fifty-five percent of respondents said their company’s workplace tech factor into decisions by applicants to accept job offers – or …

BLS and PMI Reports Tight Labor Market for Growing Manufacturing Sector

Protected Flow Manufacturing Empowers Manufacturers to Do More in a Competitive Market The Bureau of Labor Statistics has just released the June employment numbers. Manufacturers should take note. Manufacturing added 37,000 jobs in July, with most of the gain in the durable goods component. Although the national unemployment rate is 3.9%, in manufacturing the unemployment rate is 3.8%. Both the …

IndustryWeek webinar: Why Current Production Scheduling Tools Aren’t Helping You Deliver On-Time – and How to Fix It

IndustryWeek webinar: Why Current Production Scheduling Tools Aren’t Helping You Deliver On-Time – and How to Fix It

Graphicast Accelerates Throughput, Shortens Lead Times and Expedites More Orders Using Protected Flow Manufacturing™

Graphicast, Inc. is a leading industrial manufacturer of high-quality zinc alloy castings.  Located in Jaffrey, New Hampshire, Graphicast offers inspiration for manufacturers who want to leverage technology to shorten lead times and better serve their customers. In 2017, Graphicast implemented Protected Flow Manufacturing™ (PFM) by LillyWorks, a software developer with 55+ years of innovation in the manufacturing industry.  According to …

Arriving On Time: Why Manufacturers Must Align their Scheduling Practices with Many Likely Scenarios

A Normal, Variable and Extreme Variability Day’s Drive The previous article (4 of 5) in this series talked about perfect execution. Our drive went 100% according to plan. Of course, we know that perfection is not the rule. For that reason, we have more to gain by considering how a normal, variable and extreme variability day’s drive might unfold. A …

Let’s Travel: The Importance of Tracking Progress on the Shop Floor

Tracking progress on the Shop Floor can help to adjust to changing production scheduling conditions as they occur in real-time. In the previous article in this series (part 3 of 5), we talked about the importance of planning. By way of example, we planned an ordinary drive to work. We then discussed the implications of our various planning scenarios for …

Let’s Plan for Manufacturing: How Time Buffers Can Improve Shop Floor’s Scheduling

The Difficulties of Scheduling Around the Assumption that Everyone, and Everything Will Work Exactly as Planned   In the previous article (2 of 5), we talked about planning our daily drive. We introduced the concept of using a time buffer to account for the unexpected. We also talked about the threat of incurring penalties in case our planning fails to …

Let’s Plan Our Drive: Why manufacturers should use time buffers to avoid late penalties

— Time Buffers Account for Variability — As discussed in the previous article (1 of 5), an everyday task such as driving is a relatable activity that can help us think through the issue of production scheduling. The goal of our thought exercise is to apply the concepts to our manufacturing scheduling practices and improve our operations. To begin, our stated …