Defence manufacturers ignoring Lean

ACCORDING to a 2009 research report by Cincom Systems, lean manufacturing is being ignored by the majority of manufacturers in the aerospace and defence (A&D) industry.

ACCORDING to a 2009 research report by software maker Cincom Systems, lean manufacturing is being ignored by the majority of manufacturers in the aerospace and defence (A&D) industry.

The report reveals only 23% of A&D manufacturers surveyed have implemented demand-driven manufacturing tactics such as electronic Kanban, lean manufacturing techniques and shared business processes.

Nearly 50% of A&D manufacturers are said to rely on redundant data input (limited amount of shared data between manufacturing modes) to manage their mixed-mode manufacturing processes. Other preferred processes included electronic Kanban/lean manufacturing (23%) and manual processes (8%), with the fewest respondents using an automated, integrated system.

Redundant input processes not only increase the likelihood of errors, it also means you’re paying for the same process multiple times, according to Greg Mills, Cincom Systems of Australia, Regional Director.

“A&D manufacturers should focus on getting order-capture and order-management processes as efficient as possible first and then automating them.

“This frees up one of the most valuable resources companies have ¯ time to address their customers’ unmet needs and invest in becoming a trusted advisor.”

Mills says Cincom offers technology to help A&D manufacturers automate these crucial processes and close the gap between the “haves” and the “have nots”.

“Our products also excel in project management organisations, with advanced capability such as integrating project management into financial reporting,” said Mills.

Cincom will feature its software that supports lean manufacturing processes at stand 109 during the Defence + Industry Show (www.defence.gov.au/dmo) from June 30 to July 2.

For more information Cincom Systems of Australia on 02 8875 1400 or visit www.cincom.com.au.

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