Quick Response Manufacturing
Developed to make companies efficient, therefore increaseing profit
Objective - increase the flexibility of a firm and responsiveness
It is a flow production - meaning the company responds to actual demands rather than planning for an expected demands that may or may not occur.
It make use of:
Pull Process - materials will be pulled through the production process according to the demand TQM (total quality management) JIT (just in time) - so production will begin as soon as an order is received - suppliers will deliver raw materials directly to the production line Manufacturing cells
Production teams - which can be quickly and efficiently re-allocated if the requirements change (e.g. change in consumers taste) - therefore flexiblity has been increased and so it will be in a better position to react and to meet changing demand.
No excess products are manufactured - only that are required (learn the advantages and disadvantages)
developed in order to remain competitive and to cope with increasing market pressure - manufacturers needs to get to the market first with products that customers want.
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