In Reply to Parent Post by Ron tollett
Is there a system to track production throughout the plant to ensure shipments are going to go out on time? We are in the process of implementing Lean Manufacturing but seem to have trouble flagging a late shipment.
Without knowing what kind of products manufactured or the processes used in your facility, this is a bit of a hard question to nail down. If you manufacture parts or products, then the really isn't in the tracking, but the fact that order takes too long to complete the process. You can readily find this issues where batch processing of parts occurs.
Look for opportunities to flow or at least single-piece flow products through the process and the tracking becomes much easier. Granted, there are some industries where traceability is highly critical, but the issue still becomes "speed" through the overall processes.