The EuroLEAN+ team gathered on June 28th for the workshop How to Achieve Fast Delivery Times in Order Production: Challenges and Solutions. Hosted by the Molde University College in Molde, Norway, this workshop was a collaboration between EuroLEAN+ and the ManuNet 4.0 project.

Participants attended the day-long event to hear Jannes Slomp from the HAN University of Applied Sciences give the keynote speech titled Organizing for Lead Time Reduction in Customized Manufacturing about shop floor organization, an important topic in manufacturing companies that is gaining substantial attention in Lean and Quick Response Manufacturing theory and practice. Managers working in a customized manufacturing context ask for short and reliable throughput times of their products. Jannes discussed how good shop floor layout, cell design, planning and control, aligned leadership, tools/techniques such as card-based systems, and new technologies can impact job floor organization and improve throughput times. 

Other presenters and facilitators included Hans de Man, Oladipupo Olaitan, Marco Semini, and Erlend Alfnes from NTNU. Hans de Man and Oladipupo Olaitan presented Working with Delivery Times and Delivery Precision at Ekornes – Two Cases and Marco Semini and Erlend Alfnes presented How to Cut Delivery Times: Challenges and Measures for Norwegian Companies.

After the presentations, the workshop focused on how to reduce business lead times, and attendees visited  two local businesses, Brunvoll and Midsund Bruk, to discuss the potential for introducing customized lean methods.

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Image: Jannes Slomp and Erlend Alfnes visiting Midsund Bruk as part of the EuroLEAN+ workshop at Molde University College

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