Learning to see: How does your supply chain function?

Wood, Nigel
April 2004
Management Services;Apr2004, Vol. 48 Issue 4, p16
Academic Journal
This article looks at some tools for the improvement of supply chains. A Big Picture Map helps to identify where we are now, where we want to be and how we plan to get there. It tracks a product's path from its raw material state to delivery to the customer, providing a visual representation of every process, including quality checks, rework and the material information flows. The tool is both quantitative and qualitative allowing us to identify what we are going to do and the impact of those changes. The Process Activity Mapping involves the breaking down of a process into components identified as operation, inspection, transport and delay. Four Fields Mapping is a technique originated in Japan but the style used by Boots Manufacturing is that as further refined by SA Partners. It is a diagnostic tool which creates a fact based map of a process. It is particularly useful for identifying wastes such as waiting, rework and inappropriate processing. The final map to be considered is the Quality Filter Map. This map is used to identify the type and location of defects within the value stream. Defect data is collected and then recorded and graphed using a spreadsheet. INSET: Lean Glossary (Part 3).


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