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The secret to healthy production

The secret to healthy production

March 2018

The entire network of arteries and veins exists only to achieve blood ‘supply’ to the heart and all the organs of your body. That supply must never be disturbed, slowed, or blocked. The heart is the paramount destination that sends oxygen-rich blood to the body from lungs and receives oxygen-less blood from the body.
                                                                                                          
The two big culprits of all heart problems are the 'clogging' of the 'pipes' by plaque deposits and  'clots' which could disrupt the smooth process of this flow. When either of these happen, the heart cannot count on incoming blood supply for itself too, and fatal consequences can result. 
 
Now, think of a factory's production line as the heart of the company. When you see that logistics amounts to the arteries and veins of industry, suddenly the matter of a supply chain, and a lean one at that, becomes clear. Our customer's production line is the heart we are given the responsibility to provide 'in' and 'out' supply to. It is upto the logistics people to ensure that a supply line must be in superb health, with not an iota of delay or waste affecting it. 
 
If a 'supply line' is outdated, inefficient and clogged, almost immediately the efficiency of a production line is held hostage. While production is the immediate casualty, profitability is the concurrent victim. 
 
Companies have to grapple with the shifting sands of inventory planning and control. Proper planning is key in today's just-in-time inventories. The business delivery universe is now demand-oriented not supply-oriented. 
 
An established discipline and inventive collaboration are some of the softer aspects of a lean supply chain. It all amounts to a complex dimension of soft powers deploying hard assets to achieve an exquisitely timed goal. 
 
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