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 …

Let’s Go for a Drive: The Importance of Planning for Variability in your Manufacturing Plant.

— If we haven’t accounted for variability, our plan can go awry —   Who doesn’t rely on planning experts nowadays? There are financial planners, diet and nutrition planners, life planners, and on and on it goes. It seems as if we can’t manage our complicated, time-stressed and hectic lives on our own. Perhaps we’ve been humbled a few too …

Protected Flow Manufacturing has Helped Saturn Industries Become a Better Company  

We recently spoke with Rory Lee, Vice President of Operations and Business Develop Manager with Saturn Industries, Inc. Rory, who has been with Saturn since 1997, talked about his company’s experiences before and after implementing Protected Flow Manufacturing™ (PFM) by LillyWorks. This is Part 3 of a 3-part series, you can read Part 2 here: Protected Flow Manufacturing (PFM) Benefits …

Protected Flow Manufacturing (PFM) Benefits Saturn Industries

We recently spoke with Rory Lee, Vice President of Operations and Business Develop Manager with Saturn Industries, Inc. Rory, who has been with Saturn since 1997, talked about his company’s experiences before and after implementing Protected Flow Manufacturing™ (PFM) by LillyWorks. This is Part 2 of a 3-part series, you can read Part 1 here: Saturn Industries Gets Acquainted with …

Saturn Industries Gets Acquainted with Protected Flow Manufacturing™

Q&A with Saturn Industries’ Rory Lee (Part One of Three) We recently spoke with Rory Lee, Vice President of Operations and Business Develop Manager with Saturn Industries, Inc. Rory, who has been with Saturn since 1997, talked about his company’s experiences before and after implementing Protected Flow Manufacturing™ (PFM) by LillyWorks. Q: Can you tell us about production scheduling at …

When Tariffs Cause Uncertainty, Focus on What You CAN Control

  Reuters has recently published an eye-opening report on the effect of the steel tariffs implemented by the Trump administration. Reuters reports: “The tariffs, which came into effect on March 23, have driven up raw material costs and caused supply delays, rendering the manufacturers’ “Made in the USA” products uncompetitive against their foreign rivals.” (Source: As Trump’s tarrifs bite, small …

Using Protected Flow Manufacturing to respond to when customers ask “When is my job going to be done?”

Val Zanchuck, President of Graphicast, discusses using Protected Flow Manufacturing‘s Predictor to respond to when Customer’s ask “When is my job going to be done?” by understanding how all jobs are placed into the production schedule, being able to identify gaps in shop floor resource capacity and being able to see anticipated completion dates.  Watch video testimonial here. Val states …

Scheduling Software Helps Shop Protect Due Dates

Saturn Industries Inc., a shop that designs and fabricates EDM electrodes, was struggling with staying on time using its ERP system. LillyWorks’ Protected Flow Manufacturing scheduling software provided a solution to this challenge. Read original Production Machining article here. Over the last decade, some OEMs have experienced a paradigm shift in customer demand. At first, there was a demand for …

Attend the “Wake-Up to Manufacturing” session on Managing Variability

  Dave Luckner of LW Performance Associates, Inc. will be reviewing one of the most common operational challenges within manufacturers today – Variability – “The New Normal” at The Manufacturers’ Association “Wake-Up to Manufacturing” morning networking & education series. The session will start by examining the different types of Variability and associated business performance issues and will introduce you to …