Kanban For The Supply Chain, Second Edition; Steve Cimorelli, CFPIM, Productivity Press, 2013.

Following in the footsteps of its popular predecessor, the second edition of this workbook explains how to apply kanban replenishment systems to improve material flow, providing readers with a detailed roadmap for achieving a successful and sustainable kanban implementation. Detailing the steps required for each stage of the manufacturing and supply chain management process, this updated edition focuses on creating an environment for success. It addresses internal mechanisms, including leveling production schedules, as well as external elements, such as conducting a thorough analysis of customer demand. Numerous techniques are presented for setting up kanban that consider a wide array of material types, dimensions, and storage media. This edition presents a wealth of new tools and techniques useful across the broad spectrum of manufacturing environments, including:

  • A statistical data cleansing technique to remove questionable or irrelevant data points from historical demand
  • Correlation analysis based on simple Excel techniques to guide the decisions around which part numbers "qualify" for kanban
  • An alternative "stair-step analysis" approach for those who are unable to generate correlation data and prefer to use more readily available monthly demand history
  • An approach to analyze supplier performance data vs. lead time and lot size expectations, with risk mitigation strategies for poor performing suppliers

This book is for those who are ready to stop thinking about a conversion from MRP "push" techniques to kanban "pull" techniques and want to make it happen now, helping your business increase operational productivity and profitability. The book includes team-based exercises that reinforce key principles as well as downloadable outlines, charts, figures and diagrams.

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Driving Operational Excellence - Successful Lean Six Sigma Secrets to Improve the Bottom Line; MetaOps Publishing, LLC, 2010. Chapter 19, "Lean Six Sigma for a Leaner Supply Chain: A Focus on Analytical Tools", Steve Cimorelli, CFPIM

If you take 24 lean six sigma gurus and ask them to reveal their most closely-guarded secrets, to uncover their most valuable tips, techniques, and tactics for creating lean speed and six sigma quality in any organization, what would these experts give to you? They would give you this book.

Quoting from the book's introduction, in chapter 19 Steve Cimorelli "presents advanced statistical techniques and tools in an easily understandable format to help you identify the critical areas and weaknesses in your supply chain processes. Steve demonstrates a comprehensive formula any organization can use to reliably and accurately identify problems and then implement successful solutions that drive results to the bottom line." This "formula" is the Six Sigma DMAIC process: Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control; presented as a real-world case study.

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Kanban For The Supply Chain; Steve Cimorelli, CFPIM, Productivity Press, 2006.

This workbook is for manufacturing supply chain management (SCM) professionals who are ready to move beyond MRP to improve their inventory turns, manufacturing productivity and profitability. It provides SCM teams with a roadmap for installing fundamental kanban techniques through an iterative process of planning, adjusting, and executing, keeping inventory levels synchronized with demand and the supply chain synchronized with actual production. The workbook includes a CD with training slides outlining each chapter, allowing the kanban implementation leader to guide the team in the step-by-step process and to reinforce key lessons and action steps along the way.

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Handbook of Manufacturing Engineering; Marcel Dekker, Inc., 1996. Chapter 11, "Control of Production and Materials", Steve Cimorelli with Greg Chandler.

This chapter, spanning nearly 70 pages, discusses a full range of production and inventory control concepts including planning, scheduling, execution and control. It is organized into the following sub-sections:

11.0 Introduction to Control of Production and Materials
11.1 Capacity Planning and Simulation (Greg Chandler)
11.2 Scheduling
11.3 Just-in-Time
11.4 Theory of Constraints
11.5 Material Requirements Planning (MRP) Systems
11.6 Inventory Management
11.7 References

The full handbook provides single-source coverage on the full range of activities that meet the manufacturing engineering process, including management, product and process design, tooling, equipment selection, facility planning and layout, plant construction, materials handling and storage, method analysis, time standards, and production control. The text examines every topic involved with product and factory development, parts fabrication, and assembly processes.

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Factory Operations, Planning and Instructional Methods; CRC Press, 2006. Chapter 5, "Control of Production and Materials", Steve Cimorelli with Greg Chandler.

In 2006 the Handbook of Manufacturing Engineering was re-released as a series of smaller volumes, including Factory Operations, Planning and Instructional Methods, which contains the original chapter on "Control of Production and Materials". For details, click on the link above for the Handbook of Manufacturing Engineering.

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APICS Magazine cover story, January 2002, "Reduced Demand; how it affects kanban and average inventory - and what to do about it", Steve Cimorelli, CFPIM.

This article was originally written in response to the recession which began in 2001 following the burst of the tech bubble and subsequent terror attacks of 9/11. The economic conditions of 2009 are strikingly similar, or worse, and the advice presented in this article is as applicable now as it was seven years ago.

The article examines the need to synchronize inventory levels to expected demand, and the impacts of not doing so. It also presents strategies for executing inventory reduction through a series of internal and supply chain actions such as targeting reductions in supplier lead times and lot sizes.

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APICS Magazine cover story, January 2010, "Anticipating the Reemergence of Demand - How to best use lot sizing in the economic recovery", Steve Cimorelli, CFPIM.

This article makes the case for lean lot sizing as a key competitive advantage, especially as economic recovery begins following the recession of 2008-2009.

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White Papers

Inventory strategy and position papers on a variety of inventory management topics. Includes papers written by Steve Cimorelli, CFPIM and links to works by other authors on related topics. Please submit recommendations to post other papers to this site via email to

Optimizing Inventory for On-Time Delivery; Steve Cimorelli: Presents a statistical approach for cleansing demand history data to remove spikes which are unlikely to recur. Using the resulting data stream allows inventory optimization processes to be truly optimized, improving both inventory performance and on-time delivery.

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Manufacturing Lot Sizing; Steve Cimorelli: Examines the debate between Lean advocates and traditional manufacturing management thought regarding the progression towards zero setup and lot sizes of one.

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A Global Inventory Planning Foundation; Steve Cimorelli: Discusses foundational concepts of sound inventory planning practice, including demand planning, ABC classification, statistical safety stock processes and potential pitfalls. The paper then outlines a path forward for global companies to identify best-practices and standardize on them to improve customer service levels, inventory turns and profitability.

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Intermittent Demand Forecasting; Charles N. Smart, President, Smart Software, Inc.: Follow the link below to read this excellent white paper which examines the challenges of forecasting products with intermittent and highly erratic demand patterns. (Note: SCC Inventory Consulting has no affiliation with Smart Software, or any other software provider. This paper is provided here for its insightful discussion, and innovative solution to this challenging problem.)

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Archive of eZine articles published by SCC Inventory Consulting. The most recent articles are presented individually. Older articles will be archived by year and quarter. Each article and quarterly archive is available for viewing or download in PDF format.

Optimizing Inventory for On-Time Delivery: The Case for Data Cleansing   April 22, 2011

Lean Six Sigma Implementation   October 12, 2010
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Op-Ex Perspectives on Lean Six Sigma   September 25, 2010

Six Sigma in Inventory Management   April 30, 2010

Lean Materials - The Seven Deadly Wastes   November 1, 2009

Manufacturing Recovery - Is It On The Way?   October 1, 2009

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