CIRAS partners with Velocity Scheduling System to improve Iowa Companies

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Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS), part of Iowa State University Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations is partnering with Dr Lisa and Velocity Scheduling System.  VSS is now being offered as part of the CIRAS offerings.  Iowa companies can now benefit from VSS while taking advantage of CIRAS funding and other programs. If you’re an Iowa custom […]

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Qualitel Corp implements Velocity Scheduling System and wins Award

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Velocity Scheduling System Tuanhai Hoang, President, Qualitel Corporation is named Manufacturing Executive of the Year, large firms. Qualitel implemented Velocity Scheduling System (VSS) and reduced lead-times by 25%.  You can read the full article here:  http://seattlebusinessmag.com/article/2015-washington-manufacturing-awards-manufacturing-executive-year-large-firms  Qualitel is a custom electronics manufacturer making circuit boards and complex box assemblies for aerospace, medical, industrial and military customers.  Like most custom manufacturers they […]

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Your Job is Late, AGAIN -> Poor On Time Delivery

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Dear Customer, As you know we’ve struggled achieving on time delivery.  Let me assure you that this has not been due to lack of interest, or because we don’t value you, our customer.  It was a systemic problem that we’ve only just recently figured out. The purpose of this letter is NOT to provide you with excuses as to why […]

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The Goal book by Eliyahu Goldratt

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The path to publishing The Goal book was difficult.  In 1984 there were no business novels.  Eliyahu Goldratt or Eli would tell a story about publishers passing on his book because it was a business book and a “love story”, and they did not know what shelf to put it on. In the account I heard, he said it took talking […]

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Velocity Scheduling System Reviews

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Reviews of Velocity Scheduling System Here are just some of the Velocity Scheduling System reviews.  More reviews can be found under the Blog/Testimonials tab at the top of the page.  With VSS you can reduce lead-times and  improve due date performance all with less chaos.  Read these reviews and results for yourself: “You have heard of the Horse Whisperer well […]

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Does Lean manufacturing work in job shops and machine shops?

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In short, no, Lean manufacturing and lean scheduling for high mix low volume doesn’t work.  Not for scheduling a custom job shop or machine shop. Why?  Lean manufacturing was developed most notably in Toyota.  In Toyota’s environment lots of the same car are produced for several years until the model changes.  Lean was developed for repetitive manufacturing. (More information on this analysis -> […]

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Custom Plastic Manufacturer implements Drum Buffer Rope

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A custom polypropylene sheet and product manufacturer participated in the 14 week Velocity Scheduling System Coaching Program that is based on the Theory of Constraints Drum Buffer Rope — but modified for custom job shops and machine shops.  The drum buffer rope method has to be modified for custom job shops and machine shops because their constraint can move week […]

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Job Shop Scheduling using Drum Buffer Rope

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Job Shop Scheduling | Machine Shop Scheduling DEFINITION:  Job shop scheduling is the processes and system for determining which jobs should run in which order. That’s easy to say but can be very difficult to do in many custom job shops and machine shops.  Job shop production scheduling often has to deal with constraints or bottlenecks that move week to […]

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Velocity Scheduling System – Velocity Board Examples

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FAQ:  Can I see some Velocity Scheduling System board examples? There is not a standard Velocity Board.  And that’s because the VSS Velocity Board is way better than a typical scheduling board.   Part of the 14 week Velocity Scheduling System Coaching Program is to customize your Velocity Board for your unique situation. Remember that list of job shop scheduling problems and challenges?  […]

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Leadership for Job Shop Manufacturing Part 2

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This was originally published in May 2012 but has been updated to reflect my current views. By Dr Lisa Lang, Job Shop Manufacturing expert Job Shop Manufacturing – Theory of Constraints LEADERSHIP This article is copyrighted by Science of Business, Inc. 2015 Visit our Re-post guidelines. In Part 1 I covered the Theory of Constraints first Law of Leadership — “Don’t […]

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