Digital Kanban is Intelligent Supply Chain Management According to Fabricating and Metalworking

Released on = March 6, 2006, 5:45 pm

Press Release Author = Matthew Marotta

Industry = Telecommunications

Press Release Summary = According to Fabricating and Metalworking magazine Digital
Kanban is Intelligent Supply Chain Management

Press Release Body = The February issue of Fabricating and Metalworking Magazine
( in the "online exclusives" section includes a feature article
regarding digital kanban featuring Datacraft Solutions. Cutler provided a detailed
understanding of how digital kanban solutions are critical to an effective lean
manufacturing initiative and provided a case study that featured Datacraft Solutions
( According to Matthew Marotta, Founder of Datacraft
Solutions, "We do not charge for upgrades to the system as we learn about new best
practices that clients ask us to incorporate. Before Datacraft incorporates the
request, it is reviewed buy a lean advisory board to validate the value of the best
practices and the value added impact upon our partner community. Once it is passed,
they develop, test, and implement."

With digital kanban, all production is now initiated based on the immediate needs of
customers. Inventory turns for digital kanban parts are now at 62 turns per year.
Time spent by customer service communicating on expedited parts issues has
practically been eliminated. They estimated that customer-service staff was spending
40 percent of their time on just expediting part orders, as well as the chaos that
this created on the shop floor. Sales have increased because the company no longer
uses capacity to build parts without an order to buy now. One-hundred percent of
production capacity is used to build parts that are already sold as soon as they hit
the shipping dock.

The hosted solution provides the customer with their own set of servers which are
maintained offsite by and outsourced set of administrators. All of the
administration fees, equipment, support teams and software updates are all included
in the monthly service fee which is less then the cost of hiring an internal system
administrator. The value of an ASP is that manufacturers can buy "by the drink",
low risk, and a see a rapid ROI. Only internet access is required.

According to North America's leading manufacturing journalist, Thomas R. Cutler
(, "Recent estimates suggest that more than a third of all
metalworking and fabricating manufacturers engage in some type of lean-manufacturing
initiative. There are many variables that drive the goal of waste elimination, none
as keen as the need to be competitive in a global economy. As manufacturers
implement these lean programs, they are bringing a key element of lean-kanban-into
the fray in a seamless way: online."

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Contact Details = Datacraft Solutions
Kelly Pryor

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