Because a short lead time is also essential in the services provided by Sirris, we examined our own operations to see if we could improve and reduce our lead times. To this end we called on our own expertise in quick response manufacturing (QRM).

Parker Hannifin is globally active in motion & control technologies. The arrival of a few new machines and the takeover of production activities from another European department prompted a different approach in production at the Belgian site. The company investigated how it could optimise the production, layout and, as a result, the lead time. QRM brought the right solution.

During a half-day masterclass, the pioneer of the QRM philosophy Rajan Suri will make a more in-depth exploration of POLCA, an alternative for Kanban. POLCA has been especially developed for high-mix, low-volume and custom-engineered products, for which Kanban systems are less well suited.

The QRM Institute Silver ® Course associates theoretical knowledge of the QRM principles and practical applications through exercises and operational simulations.

Aiming for perfection sounds good, but it can also be a pitfall. Economically speaking, perfection appears to be far from ideal.

During a half-day masterclass, the pioneer of the QRM philosophy Rajan Suri will make a more in-depth exploration of POLCA, an alternative for Kanban. POLCA has been especially developed for high-mix, low-volume and custom-engineered products, for which Kanban systems are less well suited.

The industry is clearly booming now. The biggest problem is no longer reducing costs, but getting the flow of orders delivered on time. Quick response manufacturing (QRM) is a growth strategy for companies that want to stand out with short lead times. The QRM World Conference in Eindhoven (19-21 June) is a unique opportunity to learn all about it.

Garsy produces metal structures for plants in public spaces. Expanding, while continuing to deliver on time or even faster was a major challenge for the future and the company wanted to tackle it as quickly as possible. They do so through investments and QRM.

Houtbuigerij Desmet has already used QRM successfully in its production process and in the office. These interventions freed up space and led to the next step: setting up the new felt cell according to QRM principles. The major benefit form this was the shorter lead time.

Esco Couplings manufactures various types of couplings for (rail) vehicles and other applications, mostly in small series and with a large variation. In order to continue to meet the demands of the customers, the company made some fundamental changes in the areas of production and general organisation. In doing so, it followed the principles of quick response manufacturing.