Ultriva User's Conference highlights

In Cupertino, CA today at the Ultriva User’s Conference listening to a many customer case study presentations from Emerson Electric, Rexnord, and Dover Inc.  What is most compelling in the talks is why each company is using Lean.  OK International started on their Lean journey in 2001 to improve customer responsiveness.  They’ve moved delivery times from 6…

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A refreshing outlook on 'New Millennium' Lean

USC Consulting Group (www.usccg.com) has written a very thorough whitepaper describing how technology  augments traditional Lean methods, but also argues that technology is a requirement to make a full Lean transformation.  The link to the document is http://www.usccg.com/Ref/USCMillenniumBroch.pdf.

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New Manufacturing Business Technology article on lean replenishment

…shows that the application of lean thinking and tools to the supply chain is a hot area in the industry.  Ultriva, quoted in the article, is a provider of electronic kanban and other solutions built on the Microsoft platform using tools such as SharePoint and SQL Server. Check out the article at http://www.mbtmag.com/current_issues/2007/feb/busperf2.asp   -…

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Emerson is tackling inventory turns with technology

Check out the IndustryWeek webcast from January called Emerson Lean: From Strategy to Execution.  It’s presented by Ray Keefe, VP of Manufacturing at Emerson and Ashley Stirrup, CEO of Ultriva.  What is especially insightful is how Emerson has figured out how to tackle the “bullwhip” issue.  The recording is available at http://w.on24.com/r.htm?e=34065&s=1&k=6C52E41DBC0181EF537FCFE2BFD2DD78.

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Informative Lean video case study

One way to quickly understand what Collaborative eKanban is all about is to watch the Flash demo and video case study on www.ultriva.com.  It takes 6 minutes total.  Both are really well done.

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New IndustryWeek Webcast January 18: Emerson Lean - From Strategy to Execution

Great webcast next week featuring Ray Keefe, VP-Manufacturing at Emerson Electric.  Lean deployment at Emerson Electric goes beyond traditional shop floor thinking to reduce manufacturing cycle times and remove waste. Through the years, Emerson has expanded the scope of Lean from shop floor, to total value stream focus, to enterprise-level thinking. The enterprise-level scope is…

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