1st Edition

Manufacturing at Warp Speed Optimizing Supply Chain Financial Performance

By Eli Schragenheim, H William Dettmer Copyright 2001

    Manufacturing systems don't exist in a vacuum, isolated from the rest of the company, but they are often managed that way. A truly effective, highly competitive manufacturing company integrates its manufacturing, marketing, sales, purchasing, and financial functions into a well-coordinated whole. Manufacturing at Warp Speed: Optimizing Supply Chain Financial Performance explains in detail how to coordinate all these functions to maximize sales revenue while controlling inventory and overhead costs. Ultimately, the effects of applying the new Simplified-Drum-Buffer-Rope (DBR II) introduced by the authors include dramatically faster manufacturing cycle times, shorter order-to-delivery lead times, higher on-time delivery reliability, and better customer satisfaction.

    The book gives you everything a typical production professional needs to implement this new DBR approach. A supplemental feature - the Management Interactive Case Study Simulator (MICSS) - is included with the book. Available for download via the CRC Press website, the simulator sets up a virtual company where you can test and practice the processes you learn in the book before implementing them in your organization. The book and software together constitute the complete package for learning how to streamline manufacturing operations.

    The first book available on second generation Drum-Buffer-Rope, Manufacturing at Warp Speed: Optimizing Supply Chain Financial Performance describes the simplest, most efficient methods for reducing manufacturing cycle time and increasing the speed of manufacturing yet devised. Fully illustrated, with numerous examples, case studies, and manufacturing scenarios, the book is so easy to read that even the novice can understand it. Correct use of this new method practically assures that your company has the competitive advantage.

    Systems Thinking: The Foundation
    Principles and Tools of the Theory of Constraints
    Assessing System Success
    Constraint Management Tools
    How Work Flows Through a Manufacturing Process
    Applying the Theory of Constraints to Manufacturing
    The "Simple" Production Organization
    Traditional Buffer Management: The DBR-I Control Mechanism
    Drum-Buffer-Rope (DBR) and Manufacturing Resource Planning
    Simplified Drum-Buffer-Rope (DBR-II)
    Controlling Uncertainty and Variation: The DBR-II Approach
    Managing Excess Capacity
    Theory of Constraints and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
    Throughput-Based Decision Support


    Eli Schragenheim, H William Dettmer