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Subject: Applying "Lean Manufacturing" techniques in the metals industry

Date: 05/19/00 at 8:25 AM
Posted by: Jack Harrison
E-mail: jbharrison@aol.com
Message Posted:

We've adapted traditional Lean methodology to high capital metal processing industries (steel and aluminum mills) with excellent success,
The quickest impact is felt in two statistics: on-time delivery, and reduced inventory (and product cycle times).
I'm trying to get some statistics on progress inside this industry. Can you share some data: on-time completions and on-time shipment (% on-time, how measured) and inventory turns (or days on-hand) compared to a few years ago.
Do you promise a shipment date or delivery (at the customer site) date? Do you promise to the day or the week?
I am also seeking information regarding the overall status of such "Lean" endeavors in the industry.
Please post a response with the level of effort currently going on inside your mill / plant.
Your help is greatly appreciated.
Jack Harrison
Senior Partner
The Hands-On Group

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