Lean manufacturing tools have been around for more than 25 years, and they continue to deliver value to manufacturers. In fact, lean is essentially a focus on value-add across the product lifecycle and results in rigorous efforts to eliminate waste in manufacturing. Attempting to run a growing company using paper-based processes however will yield only one result: it’s not sustainable if you want to create a lean production environment.
FT Precision Inc., a Japanese-parented, Ohio-based, automotive chassis and engine component supplier, found itself facing challenges with manual inventory control. After more investigation, the bigger problem appeared to be that each department owned a piece of the data needed to build a real picture of inventory levels.
The company replaced manual processes with a cloud manufacturing ERP solution for more visibility into inventory levels but soon found out that it got much more. Whenever a process occurs on the shop floor it’s updated in the finance system if it has a commercial impact. Senior management knows exactly what is happening on the shop floor. Quality and compliance work together to comply with data security regulations—and the system does the required reporting.