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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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. Job Shop Production 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 […]

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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? A Velocity Board is a visual scheduling board.  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 […]

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Leadership for Job Shop Manufacturing Part 2

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By Dr Lisa Lang, Job Shop Manufacturing expert Job Shop Manufacturing – Theory of Constraints LEADERSHIP This article is copyrighted by Science of Business, Inc. Visit our Re-post guidelines. In Part 1 I covered the Theory of Constraints first Law of Leadership — “Don’t be a sissy!” And I have to admit I was holding my breath as I clicked […]

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Leadership for Job Shop Manufacturing

by Dr Lisa Lang

This article on job shop manufacturing leadership was originally published in 2012 , but was updated to reflect the current data and my current thinking.  This has been one of my most popular and controversial posts ever.  Some (not all) of the feedback I’ve received is below.  Please add yours. Job Shop Manufacturing – Theory of Constraints 2 Laws of Leadership […]

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Job Shop Scheduling Software

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Job Shop Scheduling Software | Machine Shop Scheduling Software I’m like you.  I invested in job shop scheduling software (we used to own a job shop).  Spent hours and hours getting it setup up only to spend more time continually updating the schedule.  Why does it seem that the moment I print the schedule it’s out of date?  And the […]

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16 Job Shop Scheduling Problems Infographic

by Dr Lisa Lang

Back in 2007 I published the 9 Challenges to Scheduling Your Job Shop and Why Your Schedule is Dead on Arrival. That ebook captured some of the biggest problems job shops can face and to scheduling machine shop work, but as you know there are many many more. So now, I’ve documented a much longer list in in this previous […]

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