Mar 19, 2020

How To Design Office Cells To Reduce Lead Times For Custom Products

Presented by:  Center for Quick Response Manufacturing
Location:  DoubleTree by Hilton Madison Downtown   (525 W. Johnson Street, Madison, WI 53703)
Time: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Featured Speaker: Bill Ritchie

Unlock the Power of Cells

When it comes to continuous improvement initiatives, most manufacturing companies primarily target opportunities on the shop floor. However, office operations such as quoting, design and order processing could present a huge opportunity for your business to reduce lead times and grow market share.

Companies offering high-mix, low-volume or custom-engineered products spend significant time and resources in processing quotes, finalizing engineering designs, establishing bill of materials and purchasing critical components. The result: long lead times, missed opportunities in quoting, delays in order processing, engineering changes, expediting and high costs. Restructuring your operations into office cells could lead to significant improvements in these areas. Over the past two decades, the Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) Center, in collaboration with its member companies, has developed several tools, methodologies and principles to design office cells specifically for high-mix or custom-engineered products.

Join us for this one day workshop to learn how to redesign quoting processes to improve order capture rate, streamline order processing to reduce hand-offs and release orders to the shop floor faster. Learn about results from cell implementations that have led to over 80% reduction in lead times, 50% improvements in order capture rate, manifold improvements in quality and on-time delivery and 15-20% reduction in costs.

What you will learn:

  • Sizing the opportunity: Tracking lead times and identifying waste in office operations
  • The starting point: Focused Target Market Segment – the nucleus of a production cell
  • Designing the cell: Streamline office operations to reduce hand-offs and reduce lead times
  • Addressing challenges: Engineering changes, inaccurate information, waiting for approvals
  • Planning for the cell: Staffing, capacity and lead times
  • Identifying improvement opportunities: Impact of setup reduction and cross-training
  • Financial justification: Costs and benefits of the cell implementation

Workshop Fee: $495