Imagine the scales of inequality and unknowns are balanced – what would your ideal manufacturing process look like? Exceptionally efficient standardized workflows, reliable supply inputs, automated processes, & zero-waste manufacturing resulting in a perfect Just in Time production with bare-minimum lead times? While most manufacturers are well adept with KATA methodologies and finding ways to optimize workflows they struggle with external unpredictable variables; demand levels, required inventory levels, & supply lead times.
Amongst global raw material shortages and meeting production demand with a limited labor force, creating an efficient and accurate demand planning process is one of the biggest issues manufacturers NEED to solve. This process needs to synchronize production data, historical order patterns, and external influences with an acceptable MAPE for each product SKU. The immediate solution for most is a spreadsheet database which quickly becomes unmanageable.
Wouldn’t your time be better spent analyzing predictions for your most profitable SKU lines, finding new opportunities by understanding the variables that affect their demand, and implementing action items rather than micromanaging spreadsheet inputs?