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 …

Integrating Protected Flow Manufacturing to Infor Syteline 9 Yields Speedy Improvements

Jeff Cederstrom, President of the Cutting Tool Division of Arch Global Precision, talks about how Protected Flow Manufacturing helps to resolve the production scheduling priority battles they face having both make-to-order and make-to-stock jobs fighting for similar shop floor resources.  Watch Full Video Here “I’m gonna spend a few minutes and share our experience with Protected Flow Manufacturing, again my name …

Production Scheduling and Work Flow Control: Working on the right job

The essence of production scheduling and work flow control can be boiled down to this one imperative: each facility should be working on the right job. The challenge, of course, is trying to figure out which job to work on next. When a workstation completes a job and passes it on to the next operation or location, the operator selects …

New Production Scheduling Tool Considers “Ingenius” Critical Ratio Formula

Critical Ratio is arguably the best of the traditional priority alternatives for managing work flow in the plant. Once called “ingenious” by none other than Joe Orlicky because it establishes relative priorities accurately, Critical Ratio (divide the days available until the due date by the days of work left to be done on the job) establishes a relative priority between …

Using Protected Flow Manufacturing’s Predictor and Flow Analysis to Offer Better Lead Times

Val Zanchuck, President of Graphicast, Inc. in Jaffrey, NH, talks about how the Predictor and the Flow Analysis within Protected Flow Manufacturing™ gives Graphicast the information they need to start offering better lead times, or to know how much excess capacity they need to maintain so that if a customer requests an expedite – they have the confidence in knowing that …