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Making your ERP System live with your Kanban System

Published: October 25, 2013
The outcome of a well designed and maintained kanban system is that your problems with part shortages are likely to disappear. The effort required to manage materials can be dramatically reduced. However in most manufacturing businesses, inventory is the largest component of working capital and a major business asset. Maintenance of accurate inventory records is therefore critical to maintaining an accurate balance sheet and avoiding large “profit busting” stock write offs. Inventory is usually recorded in an ERP system. Kanban’s great benefit is that it uses a visual trigger based on physical stock levels to trigger replenishment. Therefore how do you connect these physical transactions with what is being recorded on your balance sheet via your ERP system and avoid large inventory errors and write offs? ... Read more

The Ninth Waste in the Lean Office

Published: October 9, 2013
We all know about the seven wastes and hopefully can recite them by heart. Most of us now accept that underutilised human potential is the eighth waste, but are you ready for a ninth waste? TXM China Consulting Director, Justin Tao, has introduced us to a form of waste that is unique to lean office and lean service environments and we think it is distinctive enough from the other eight wastes to be truly defined as "The Ninth Waste". Read on to find out more about this extra form of waste lurking in your (previously) lean office. ... Read more

Part 3 – TXM Lean Glossary

Published: October 4, 2013
This week we continue expanding our common understanding of the next set of Lean terms for Kanban, Continuous flow and Just in Time. ... Read more

Unexpected Benefits of Value Stream Mapping

Published: September 30, 2013
Value Stream Mapping is more than just creating a pretty, colourful picture or cool printouts to cover your War Room walls - there are several benefits that we find each time we get a cross functional team together. These unexpected benefits occur regardless of the type of industry or level of the organisation that we are working with. Here we will discuss the three unexpected benefits of creating a value stream map. ... Read more