Quick Response Manufacturing
QRM is a company-wide growth strategy aimed at reducing lead times in order to create a competitive advantage in a rapidly changing world. It comprises a set of proven principles, methods and tools to reduce lead times throughout the whole organisation, both in office processes and in production. QRM is intended for businesses with a high-mix-low-volume or customised products.


The four core QRM concepts


1. Highlighting the power of time
Focusing on lead time reduction, QRM helps companies to re-ignite their growth and reduce the hidden costs.
2. Creating the right organisational structure
QRM proposes a structural change to the organization creating QRM cells; a team of dedicated, multifunctional resources. The people in the QRM cells are cross-trained and have full responsibility of all the operations in the cell.
3. Exploiting system dynamics for better decisions
System dynamics provides insights in the surprising relations between lot-sizing, capacity utilization, variability and lead time. By applying these insights, managers can make better decisions and further reduce the lead time.
 4. Building a company-wide strategy
The biggest benefits will arise when lead time reduction is applied to the full width of the organization. Such as the office operations, material planning, production control and new product introduction. 
The benefits of QRM
Companies that apply QRM report the following positive effects:
  • Revenue and profit growth through greater customer satisfaction
  • 50–90% reduction in delivery times 
  • Quicker development and market launch of new products
  • Lower costs
  • Fewer quality issues and less rework
  • Greater delivery reliability
  • Fewer planning problems
  • Less stress and chaos in the workplace 
  • More employee ownership
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Training and certification

 

Alongside individual support with the implementation of QRM, Sirris also provides QRM training. For this, we work closely with the QRM Institute. The QRM Institute Training & Certification Program is internationally renowned and offers four levels of QRM training and certification. Upon successful completion of a training course, trainees are awarded an official certificate by the QRM Institute.

QRM Bronze Training
Upon completion of this QRM Bronze course, you will understand the four core concepts of QRM, be familiar with the transformation playbook, and be able to act as a local QRM ambassador at an operational level. This training is aimed at operational personnel.
QRM Silver Training
This training teaches you how to carry out a full QRM analysis and to start a project under the supervision of an internal QRM Institute Gold graduate or an external QRM consultant. You will acquire the basic skills for implementation and change management, and will be able to play an active role in the organisation of a QRM cell. 
QRM Gold Training
The QRM Institute Gold course allows you to lead a successful QRM transformation project and to achieve a significant lead-time reduction. Upon completion, you will be able to carry out company-wide QRM transformations, organise basic training for colleagues, develop a team mindset, and stimulate change management at the leadership level.
QRM Platinum Training
The QRM Institute Platinum course is for those wishing to become QRM instructors. You learn how to instruct, coach and inspire course participants. The training mainly consists of individual coaching and various retreats that aim to perfect your skills.

Stories of entrepreneurs

Lees hoe andere bedrijven hun productie een boost gaven met de hulp van Sirris en de QRM-methode

Provan - Laser cutting, bending and welding 130 different parts into one stove in just three days, without straining the work schedule and while making optimal use of warehouse space: Genk-based metal-processing company Provan pulls off this feat thanks to Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM).

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Lees hoe andere bedrijven hun productie een boost gaven met de hulp van Sirris en de QRM-methode

Sky Man international - Sky Man International, based in Boom (Belgium), is a firm believer in continuous improvement of both its products and its production systems and order processing. In this light, it introduced QRM into its production department and offices. This new collaborative team approach has made lead times even shorter and has further improved internal operations.

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Potteau - For over forty years, Potteau Labo (Heule-Kortrijk) has been manufacturing laboratory equipment for hospitals, schools, the chemical, pharmaceutical and food industries. The company manufactures all furniture part by itself and has several departments for this purpose: from metal construction and paint shop to wood processing and assembly. In order to cope with a growing and increasingly complex production, Sirris provided Potteau Labo with the necessary know-how.

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Esco Couplings - 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.

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M-Design Production - M-Design Production has for some time been making the best high quality sheet metal products, but delivery scheduling and production planning was often something of a challenge. Therefore the company decided to take a different approach to the production department and by extension, the entire company. The recent staged implementation of the new strategy, known as QRM, has certainly had a positive effect!

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DiBO - Based in Arendonk, Antwerp, DiBO has been designing and building a range of cold- and hot-water high-pressure cleaners since 1978: from portable washers through to trailers and large washing systems. The firm, which originated in the Netherlands, also offers tailor-made products for various sectors, from shipping to industrial cleaning and the cleaning of building facades. Following an audit by Plan&Co, Sirris’s innovation scheme for SMEs, DiBO embarked on a new optimisation project in 2015. The initial focus was to improve the lead time on a specific trailer assembly line.

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Houtbuigerij G. Desmet - This company was struggling with long lead times and high intermediate stocks for the production of bent wood parts due to the smaller batches, relative unpredictability of  wood quality and the varied order mix. By applying QRM-based measures in its office processes, the company succeeded in completing orders much faster, thus reducing the lead time of order processing by approximately 80 percent.


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Read how other companies boosted their production with the help of Sirris and the QRM method. 

Parker Hannifin - The company 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.

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ETAP - This manufacturer and supplier of professional lighting solutions, managed to achieve great results in a short period of time by implementing QRM in various departments - i.e. production, as well as development and sales.

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De Meyer NV - De Meyer NV is specialised in the design, production, maintenance and repair of mechanical constructions and machines. The family business serves very diverse markets in equally diverse projects. The company has been growing strongly for several years now and wants to shorten the lead times for its ever-increasing number of projects.

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Elaut - When the production department at Elaut found it more and more difficult to keep up with increasing numbers of orders, it decided to change strategy. QRM offered new insights for greater transparency, shorter lead times and better predictability, while reducing levels of stress and the need for overtime and creating time to make continuous improvements.

QRM Institute

Quick response manufacturing was developed in the 1990s by American professor Rajan Suri of the University of Wisconsin and was applied very successfully in numerous American companies. In 2017, Sirris co-founded the QRM Institute. The QRM Institute is an international network of organisations working together to spread quick response manufacturing to as many companies and professionals as possible. The QRM Institute organizes workshops and conferences, provides training materials and certifications, conducts research and publishes articles.

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How can we support you?

Do you want to increase your production speed? Have any questions about the QRM method? Or do you want to get started right away? Be sure to contact us. Pascal Pollet, Principal Engineer Smart and Digital Factory, will be happy to help.