Every part every day

Guideline #7:  Develop the ability to make “every part every day” (than every shift, than every hour or pallet or pitch) in fabrication processes upstream of the pacemaker process.

By shortening changeover times and running smaller batches in you upstream fabrication processes, those processes will be able to respond to changing downstream needs more quickly.  In turn they will require even less inventory to be held in their supermarkets. This applies to both discrete-parts manufacturing and process industries.

An initial goal at many plants is to make at least “every part every day” for high-running part numbers.