Executive Briefings

Unplanned Downtime Is the Greatest Source of Waste

Downtime is the enemy of lean. Downtime is, in fact, waste. Idled lines do not add value. Restarting production after unplanned downtime requires more effort, usually expended with less efficiency and worker productivity. This reintroduces waste, which creates added costs that customers do not pay for, yet must be absorbed into cost of goods sold.

With this at stake, implementing IT strategies that reduce or eliminate unplanned downtime of critical manufacturing applications should be integral to lean program strategies. This often requires a change in mindset.

Most IT and operations people prepare for rapid recovery from failure, assuming it is inevitable. Instead, proactively preventing downtime from happening in the first place yields better outcomes; it's also more efficient in practice and cost-effective over the long term.

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Keywords: supply chain management IT, supply chain solutions, supply chain systems, lean initiatives in manufacturing, lean strategies

With this at stake, implementing IT strategies that reduce or eliminate unplanned downtime of critical manufacturing applications should be integral to lean program strategies. This often requires a change in mindset.

Most IT and operations people prepare for rapid recovery from failure, assuming it is inevitable. Instead, proactively preventing downtime from happening in the first place yields better outcomes; it's also more efficient in practice and cost-effective over the long term.

Read Full Article


Keywords: supply chain management IT, supply chain solutions, supply chain systems, lean initiatives in manufacturing, lean strategies