quick response manufacturing
Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) focuses on lead time reduction in all aspects of an organization—from the office area (the entry point for most businesses) to manufacturing to product delivery.
QRM can be defined in two contexts: externally (as perceived by customers) and internally (in terms of its implications for organizational best practices).
Externally, QRM means responding to customers' needs by rapidly designing and manufacturing products customized to those needs.
Equally important is what QRM means internally to an organization. QRM goes beyond the capabilities and goals of just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing. While JIT manufacturing focuses on making only what your customers need, when they need it, and in the amount they need, QRM is a time-based strategy that focuses on reducing lead times throughout an organization's operations with the goal of improving quality, reducing cost, and eliminating non-value-added waste.
With QRM, Alexandria Industries is able to manufacture high quality, custom products, allowing us to do things our competitors cannot. This gives us a distinct competitive advantage over industry peers, enabling us to offer customers lead times of as little as five days for aluminum extrusions, compared to typical industry lead times of weeks, and sometimes, months. QRM provides Alexandria Industries the ability to exploit manufacturing variability, while thriving in customized markets of the future.
Let us know if you would like to learn more about QRM by simply contacting us. We are happy to share our experiences with hopes that it will guide you in your QRM journey within your organization.
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