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Building The Big Stuff

Manufacturing Strategy for Planes, Trains , Boilers, etc.

Books & Videos

Books & Videos

Strategos Guide to Value Stream & Process Mapping


Guide to Cycle Counting

Warehouse Planning Guide

Human Side of Lean Video

During World War II, Henry Kaiser's shipyard could build an entire Liberty ship in 4.5 days. So why should it take months to build a pressure vessel, power transformer or switchgear station?  Or weeks to overhaul a rail car?

Large, often unique products present unique challenges for manufacturing. Many of the Lean techniques practiced at Toyota simply do not apply. In the past year we have worked with the manufacturers of several such products and identified certain principles can help in planning processes and arranging factories for these situations.

Application of these principles can lead to:

  • Space Reduction

  • Faster Delivery

  • Improved Cash Flow

  • Fewer Design Changes

  • Better Quality

It starts with a simple exercise that demonstrates the advantages of concentrating resources on just a few jobs at any one time. This exercise, however, raises multiple objections and problems. Just as quality problems should be addressed at their source, such difficulties should be addressed at a fundamental level. Some of the topics we discuss are:

  • Resource Allocation

  • Scheduling

  • Space Usage

  • Plant Layout

  • Workflow

  • Engineering Design

  • Engineering Quality

  • Customer Pressures

  • Interruptions

  • Labor Efficiency

  • Cash Flow

Check out the pages on Building the Big Stuff or download the entire series in a PDF file. If your products are big, bulky and expensive, you will find these pages intriguing.

We also offer training and facilitating in Manufacturing Strategy. Please feel free to call me at the number below to explore the possibilities.

Best Regards,

Quarterman Lee


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