Lean Materials Planning & Execution

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A Guide to Internal and External Supply Management Excellence
By Donald H. Sheldon
Hardcover, 6×9, 272 pages
ISBN: 978-1-932159-65-3
November 2007

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Lean materials management is a constant challenge in most supply chains and is one of the most critical issues facing manufacturing organizations. Success is defined by controlling all components of an operation, including the costs of quality, delivery speed and flexibility, and the synchronization of the correct parts delivered as needed. Lean Materials Planning & Execution shows how to capitalize on Lean systems and thinking to cut costs, increase performance and make internal and external customers happy.

This book explores the roots of high-performance materials management to guide today’s professional toward the right process controls at the right time. Written in a practical, easy-to-understand format, Lean Materials Planning & Execution describes supply chain management best practices and delineates a variety of important Lean and Class A metrics as tools for achieving maximum effectiveness. It covers all important management systems that are essential to high performance, such as sales and operations planning, clear-to-build and process ownership, along with the role of materials manager in getting maximum effectiveness from these tools. This is a must read for materials managers, production managers and top management in manufacturing organizations.

Key Features

  • Provides, in an easy-to-read, “how to” format, an appropriate treatment of the basics and a complete detailed understanding of Lean materials management in today’s high-performance manufacturing organizations with applications and examples of the various concepts
  • Shows how Lean and Six Sigma can be integrated effectively with materials management principles
  • Describes applications of pull systems and the differences in approach between execution and planning
  • Details, from a materials point-of-view, the roles and responsibilities of senior management and production management for high performance results
  • Intertwines Toyota materials management methods with examples from factories to help with the application of ideas
  • WAV Offers a free downloadable glossary of terms, Lean and other high performance assessment tools, and a set of job descriptions for Lean material roles — available from the Web Added Value™ Download Resource Center

About the author(s)

Donald H. Sheldon, CFPIM, CIRM, is President of DH Sheldon & Associates, an international consulting firm headquartered in New York. Mr. Sheldon is a seasoned practitioner and leading expert in the various processes required to achieve world-class manufacturing excellence. He is a sought-after speaker, has been published in numerous magazines and journals and is the author of Achieving Inventory Accuracy, Class A ERP Implementation, World-Class Master Scheduling and co-authored The Road to Class A Manufacturing Resource Planning (MPR II).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Introduction to Materials
Chapter 2 – Leaning the Planning Process and How it Affects Materials Planning
Chapter 3 – Excellence in Supply Chain Management
Chapter 4 – Data Integrity
Chapter 5 – Master Scheduling
Chapter 6 – Planning For Excellence
Chapter 7 – Warehouse Management
Chapter 8 – S&OP (Sales and Operations Planning) Process
Chapter 9 – Demand Management
Chapter 10 – Integration with ERP
Chapter 11 – Metrics in Scheduling
Chapter 12 – Job Description of Materials Manager
Chapter 13 – Software Tools for Materials Management
Chapter 14 – The Management Systems for Class A Master Scheduling
Chapter 15 – Education and Training for Success: The Investment in Human Capital