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The Goal book by Eliyahu Goldratt SUMMARY

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...

How to measure Due Date Performance so you CAN improve it!

Due date performance (DDP, also called On-time Delivery) is a common metric used both internally and by vendors to monitor the performance of job shops, fabricators, MRO, and machine shops.  Whether DDP is a Key Performance Indicator (KPI), Balanced Scorecard metric,...

How to Recession Proof Your Job Shop

Recession Proof Your Shop Whether you think we are already in a recession, or one is coming, most economists and talking heads agree that things are going to get worse before they get better. I contend that your participation in any recession or downturn is OPTIONAL....

Here’s why it’s hard to REALLY improve

Theory of Constraints Continuous Improvement It's hard to improve because it's difficult to get perspective on your own business.  Here's a demonstration of perspective ... What's this picture of: (Hoover on the picture to see the answer.) And what's this a picture...

Drum Buffer Rope (DBR) Summary

What is Drum Buffer Rope? Drum Buffer Rope (DBR) is the Theory of Constraints scheduling process focused on increasing flow and Throughput by identifying and leveraging the system constraint.  DBR was developed by Eliyahu M. Goldratt (Eli Goldratt), the father of...

Job Shop Schedule: Getting On Time & Reducing Lead Times

Job Shop Schedule:  The SECRET to Getting On Time & Reducing Lead Times There's no question that the job shop schedule has it challenges. And every time we encounter one of the many challenges, our schedule is out of date, and we need to update the schedule. In...

Flow Based Scheduling | Flow Manufacturing

In Velocity Scheduling System we are focused flow based scheduling or flow manufacturing which is the physical flow in manufacturing.  In Velocity PRICING System we focus on the flow of money and information. For this article we are referring to physical flow....

On Time Delivery KPI

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...

Increase Job Shop Productivity NOW!

Whether you’ve continued to manufacture or you’re ramping back up after COVID-19, you may find yourself with fewer people for any number of reasons: People out sick People not wanting to come to work Fewer people can work at one time for social distancing Layoffs you...