The synergy between qrm and lean manufacturing

In the realm of modern manufacturing, strategic agility is paramount. Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) and Lean principles synergize to form a dual force that enhances this agility. This post will elucidate how QRM’s exploitation of strategic variability and Lean’s focus on eliminating dysfunctional variability can be integrated to elevate manufacturing practices.

The dual approach to manufacturing variability

Manufacturers today face a complex landscape where variability must be skillfully managed. QRM and Lean Manufacturing offer complementary strategies: QRM harnesses strategic variability, while Lean targets dysfunctional variability for elimination.


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Strategic variability and QRM

Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) is not just about speed; it’s about strategically exploiting variability. It recognizes that certain variations in production can be used to a company’s advantage — allowing for greater customization, agility, and responsiveness to market needs.

Lean six sigma: The pursuit of process perfection

Lean Six Sigma stands as the bastion against waste, specifically targeting and eliminating dysfunctional variability. By streamlining processes and aiming for consistency, Lean principles ensure that inefficiencies are minimized, and quality is maximized.

A cohesive strategy for modern manufacturing

The interplay between QRM’s exploitation of strategic variability and Lean’s elimination of dysfunctional variability presents a comprehensive approach to modern manufacturing challenges. The diagram illustrates this dynamic, highlighting how each methodology applies to different types of variability.

Looking ahead: QRM and lean manufacturing

The integration of Quick Response Manufacturing and Lean principles offers a nuanced approach to managing variability in manufacturing. By understanding and applying both strategies, manufacturers can strike a balance between agility and efficiency, ensuring that they not only meet but exceed market and customer expectations.

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24Flow is a modular operations platform that empowers discrete manufacturers to reduce lead times through digital support of operators and management. Inspired by lean and QRM, 24Flow controls the flow of production orders which increases visibility and results in shorter lead times, improved delivery reliability and a reduction of work-in-progress and inventory.



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