Production control and material flow tracking and alerts help maintain your lead time.
The Source of Truth
Enterprise resource planning systems (ERP) require expensive, complex, and routine maintenance to keep their systems running efficiently. They are central to day-to-day activities but can become absolute nightmares without a simple and structured process for data updates. That’s why lean manufacturers introduce Plan for Every Part (PFEP).
PFEP Performs Two Major Activities:
- Packaging plans: gather and track data involved with parts, components, supplies, WIP inventories, raw materials, finished goods, and any other form of material used in your processes.
- Asset movement: based on the plan, what path does the asset take from where it is sourced to where it is used on the production floor?
Ultimately, PFEP identifies inefficiencies by providing intelligence to drive necessary action and continuous improvement.
At the end of the day, Plan for Every Part aids in continuous improvement by finding inefficiencies. Collect part information, measure KPIs, and report other data in your material-handling system to improve your processes. Collect part data to reduce lead time and aid in other techniques from the lean manufacturing methodology.
Use less expendable packaging
by outlining packaging plans and reducing underutilized packaging
by cubing out trailers with the maximum number of containers
Improve supply chain visibility
by identifying suppliers who hoard containers or other reusable assets