Do you rely on Microsoft Office to design and update your Lean manufacturing of Demand Flow Technology (DFT) factory flow? Are you frustrated with the design process in Excel and PowerPoint? How confident are you that your Excel models are truly integrated with each other and that all formulas are correct? Does the future of your DFT implementations rest on the collaboration of one or two company “Excel Gurus”?
Demand-driven manufacturers have relied on Excel and other inadequate tools for too many years and many are no longer confident that linked calculations throughout their design models are accurate. The result is that many factory flow designs are inaccurate and lead to further design inconsistencies. Errors within one model are propagated into the next as implementation teams copy and paste design templates. Furthermore, due to design complexity, much of the data in many Line Design models rapidly becomes outdated. Manufacturing organizations find that over time their demand-driven environments revert to times when productivity was low, lead times were increasing and the only way to meet customer expectations was to carry high levels of inventory.