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Managing Variation With Heijunka

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About This Podcast Episode

Is your demand unpredictable and difficult to forecast?  You can reduce this challenge and improve your business efficiency by implementing a level scheduling system.

Mastered by automotive giant Toyota, Heijunka is a Japanese term for ‘level’ or ‘flat’.  It’s about having complete visibility of the system and synchronizing the supply chain for a smooth flow of customer orders.  Join PMI Director Consultant Barry Byrne as he delves into the art of Heijunka and confesses that monotony is liberating when it comes to scheduling!

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Join Barry and Susannah in the studio as they discuss Managing Variation with Heijunka. You’ll hear about:

  • The challenges of managing variety in customer demand and the importance of planning processes
  • An explanation of the concept of “Heijunka” and its importance in scheduling
  • Discussion of Toyota’s approach to level scheduling and synchronization in their production system
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