Demand Flow Technology (DFT)
Demand Flow Technology will impact your business with compressed manufacturing lead times, reduction in working capital, reduction in Cost of Goods Sold, and improved customer service levels elevating the business to become a market leader.
Demand Flow Technology is a comprehensive mathematical-based methodology that enables a company to become Demand Driven so that it can meet the expectations of their customers in today’s complex and volatile marketplace.
What is Demand Flow Technology?
As a powerful structured mathematically-based toolset, Demand Flow Technology drives substantial response, cost and productivity improvement through the simulation and design of mixed-model production flow lines within any manufacturing environment. Production processes are synchronized, balanced and reorganized in a flow to enable substantial improvement of velocity through production with repeatable customer response times, while pull-based material replenishment systems are designed to provide greater material availability, reduce overhead and provide early visibility of shortages.
The goal of any company operating Demand Flow Technology is to have an agile production facility that is adaptive to changes in daily demand and one that is aligned with the entire Supply Chain. The business needs to become Demand Driven to survive and transition itself away from business processes that permit production environments to add significant costs to the business through long lead times and excessive over-production.
Equally successful in all industries, Demand Flow Technology is the science behind flow manufacturing techniques utilized by leading companies such as Advanced Energy Industries, American Standard, Boeing, Garmin, Hyster-Yale, Industrial Scientific Corporation, John Deere, and Nortek. The importance of Demand Flow Technology to manufacturers was stressed by the former Chairman and CEO of GE, Jack Welch when he stated “DFT is an absolute business discipline…it’s another way to simplify the business.”
Industrial Scientific Corporation is the global leader in gas detection products and related services that keep workers safe in hazardous environments. This Demand Flow Technology case study documents the work undertaken during 2014 and 2015 to consolidate the manufacturing and service operations, redesign product flow in addition to fitting the new operations environment into effectively less space within a new facility.
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DFT is a mathematical-based business transformation methodology driving high levels of response capability, lead time compression, improved productivity, a reduction in working capital and reduced Cost of Goods Sold, enabling manufacturers to be more effective in meeting the needs of their customers on a daily basis elevating the business to become a market leader.
Substantial cost and productivity improvements are achieved through the use of a structured, mathematically-based toolset to simulate and design mixed-model production flow lines to deliver world-class customer service. This creates a shift in fundamental production strategy that forms the foundation for a responsive organization. Demand Flow Technology is the science behind the flow and pull techniques utilized by today’s leading manufacturers. This was summed up a few years ago by the former Chairman and CEO of GE, Jack Welch, who stated that “DFT is an absolute business discipline…it’s another way to simplify the business.”