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Quick Response Manufacturing

A Companywide Approach to Reducing Lead Times, 1st Edition

By Rajan Suri

Productivity Press

574 pages

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Hardback: 9781563272011
pub: 1998-06-22
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Developed by the author and now being employed by a number of businesses, Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) is an expansion of time-based competition, aimed at a single target with the goal of reducing lead times. The key difference between QRM and other time-based programs is that QRM covers an entire organization, from the shop floor to the office, to sales and beyond. Providing guidelines for establishing a QRM enterprise, this volume builds upon kaizen, TQM, TPM, and other practice to help organizations streamline all functions of their operation. It shows how to quickly introduce products, along with ways to rethink materials and production management.


"Rajan Suri's principles of Quick Response Manufacturing are easy to grasp and powerfully effective. They allowed us to reduce elapsed manufacturing time from 23 days to 7 days and work-in-process by 41 percent."

— Charles J. Monante, President, Converter Concepts, Inc., JUNE 2004

"Dr. Rajan Suri explains Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) in easy to understand terms: why it is necessary, its benefits, and how to implement it. At John Deere, we are using the QRM philosophy and tools to train our employees and our supply base. QRM has enabled us to implement changes that improve customer response time and take millions of dollars out of our supply chain."

— Bill Butterfield, Supplier Development Process Owner, Deere and Company, JUNE 2004


Table of Contents

PART ONE: A New Way of Thinking Stems from One Principle

Chapter One: QRM: Not Just Another Buzzword

Chapter Two: Benefits of QRM

Chapter Three: The Response Time Spiral -- Legacy of the Scale and Cost Management Strategies

PART TWO: Rethinking Production and Materials Management

Chapter Four: Reorganizing Production

Chapter Five: Structured Methodology for Implementing Cellular Manufacturing

Chapter Six: Creative Rethinking for Cellular Manufacturing

Chapter Seven: Capacity and Lot-Sizing Decisions

Chapter Eight: Material and Production Planning in the QRM Enterprise

Chapter Nine: POLCA -- The New Material Control and Replenishment System for QRM

Chapter Ten: Customer and Supplier Relations

PART THREE: Rethinking Office Operations

Chapter Eleven: Principles of Quick Response for Office Operations

Chapter Twelve: Tools to Support Q-ROC Implementation

Chapter Thirteen: System Dynamics Principles for Quick Response

PART FOUR: QRM for Rapid New Product Introduction

Chapter Fourteen: Extending Quick Response to New Product Introduction

PART FIVE: Creating the QRM Enterprise

Chapter Fifteen: Management Mind-Set to Support QRM

Chapter Sixteen: Organizational Structure, Performance Measurement, and Cost Systems

Chapter Seventeen: Steps to Successful Implementation of a QRM Program



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BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Quality Control